YON 2020 Day 322: Emily Patton, LPN and Nursing Student

Not only did Emily Patton, LPN, find a husband, she found a wonderful role model and mentor as she journeys toward her goal of becoming a RN. Emily pays tribute to this special person in her life, Dr. Doris Patrick, trusting that she will continue to learn from her throughout her nursing career.

While enrolled in the nursing program at Lorain County Community College, I am currently employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Kendal at Oberlin. I am preparing to graduate in December 2020, and become a registered nurse (RN). Growing up I enjoyed caring for animals and spending time with elderly grandparents and neighbors. I believe this passion for caring for others led me to my choice to become a nurse. There is a special person in my life that has greatly influenced and encouraged me to become the nurse I am today.

In 2015, I became an STNA and began working in a long-term care facility and a local hospital. I was eager to learn, and decided I wanted to become a nurse. At this time, I also met my future husband Dan. His mother Doris Patrick, a nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience, has helped guide my career decisions.

I made the choice to become an LPN and continue my education to obtain my RN. This was a tough decision, but Doris encouraged me to do what I was most comfortable with and what was right for me. I knew that I needed to start slowly, gain some experience, and make a decent wage while working towards my goal of becoming an RN.

Doris has an incredible work ethic and has always worked to better herself. Her journey as a nurse has been an inspiration to me. She became a registered nurse in 1983. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and recently her Doctor of Nursing practice degrees all while raising three boys and working full time. Doris has held positions in Med/Surg, NICU, CCU, ICU, management, and education. Her current position is that of a critical care Nurse Practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic.

During my time in nursing school, Doris has taken the time to help me learn everything from the basics, to writing papers, and care of critical patients. Anytime I needed someone to study with, she was available. When I would become discouraged, she reminded me that I could do anything I put my mind to. Doris is truly the perfect example of a great nurse. Her primary commitment is to the patients and their families. Doris has enthusiasm for lifelong learning. She has instilled these qualities into me as well and has helped shape me into the nurse I am today. I am so grateful to have her as a mother-in -law and I look forward to many years of advice and support from her throughout my nursing career.

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