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YON 2020 Day 75: Olsi Karoqja, RN, BSN

Seeing the effects of sub-optimal healthcare in his homeland kindled a desire in Olsi Karoqja, RN, BSN, to become a nurse so he could be part of the solution for others.

My interest in becoming a nurse started when I was young and growing up in Albania. The healthcare was not as advanced as in other countries and I witnessed many of my loved ones struggle through life threatening conditions due to the lack of knowledge and resources. It was then that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare so I could make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to be able to give back to my community. Becoming a nurse is by far one of the best decisions I have made throughout my life. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have been given through Cleveland Clinic, the goals that I have accomplished, and my experience as a floor nurse.


I am always looking for ways to improve my nursing skills and further my education and knowledge in order to provide better care for my patients. After working for 4 years as a floor nurse, I received my BSN. Immediately afterwards, I enrolled in the MSN-FNP program at Ohio University. I am drawn to the autonomy and independence that a nurse practitioner is granted, Since I thrive in situations that require leadership, I will always look for new ways to further my education. I am fortunate to study and practice a profession that will continue to inspire me to wake up every day and look forward to changing someone’s life.

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