A non-traditional student at Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Kelly Cook, LPN, tells the story of her journey and explains the importance of life-long learning.
In the ever-changing field of healthcare, nurses must be committed to learning throughout their careers. The nursing profession requires dedication to the use of research and evidence. Staying informed on the most current evidence-based practices enables nurses to provide quality, safe care that results in positive patient outcomes.
As for myself, I am committed to the lifelong learning that is required of the nursing profession. I started my healthcare education as a nontraditional student, an adult learner. First, I studied to become a state tested nursing assistant (STNA). I enjoyed providing bedside care to my patients for many years before I made the decision to advance my education by returning to school. I attended classes for a year and obtained my licensure in practical nursing. After working as an LPN for a several years, I again decided to return to college. Currently, I am pursing my degree to become a registered nurse at Lorain County Community College.
In the beginning, I was unsure if nursing was the career for me. I lacked confidence in my
nursing abilities. I just was not sure if I had what it takes to be a nurse. I have had to push myself to persevere on days where I wanted to give up. I persisted in nursing, gaining knowledge, experience, and confidence. As I continued learning on the job, with time I became more skilled. This empowered me to excel even further. I have found nursing to be a very challenging and rewarding profession. By embracing lifelong learning, I have become a better nurse. In the years to come, I am looking forward to providing quality, safe, evidenced-based, patient-centered care.