YON 2020 Day 55: Jack Rufus, Air Force Veteran and Nursing Student

Currently enrolled in the Accelerated BSN Program at Baldwin Wallace University, Jack Rufus, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, describes how he made the decision to pursue a career as a nurse and what motivates him.

Prior to nursing school, I joined the Air Force seeking to make a difference in the world by helping others in need. My career path in the Air Force, although great and full of wonderful experiences, left me yearning for more as I was not able to make the impact I desired. I separated from the Air Force and began a corporate career in sales and project management. The void persisted; the feeling that I was missing my calling to help people physically remained.

After long discussions with my wife and family, and many prayers, I decided to pursue becoming a nurse. In the field of nursing, I can interact with a diverse group of people, building comradery that leads to the sense of family. I can tackle new challenges daily, if not multiple times a day, and I can physically help people and see tangible results. Looking back at my career path, I have had bits and pieces of these items, but never collectively. Nursing is the career I feel will bring all of these elements together.

Interactions with clinical instructors and with nurses who take a positive interest in student nurses helps keep my enthusiasm and motivation alive during the rigors of the intense schoolwork in an accelerated program, all the while having a family at home! As I look to the future, I want to exemplify those I have had the joy to work with, who take an interest in my generation of nurses and desire to develop and mold us into top-notch nurses. It is motivating to know one day soon I will be one of the individuals helping shape the next generation of nurses, so I better be on top of my game all the time and learn all that I am able!

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