A life-changing experience
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Desean Gore decided that she wanted to become a nurse by the time she was three years old. She began her studies back in 2005, but an unplanned pregnancy led her down a different path. Her daughter filled her heart, and changed her world.
She found work at a call center, where she stayed for several years. “One day I just decided that this was not what I want to do! I left my job behind and went straight to Brown Mackie College — Indianapolis,” Desean says.
It was the beginning of a challenging journey, with more instability in her life than Desean had previously seen. “I wanted to take as little time as possible from working, so I chose this program. While working to obtain my nursing license, a lack of transportation became a huge obstacle because getting to the clinical sites is critical. It made completing my program very difficult,” she says.
Perseverance was the key to success. Desean graduated in 2012, earning a Diploma in Practical Nursing. She passed the licensing exam and accepted the position of licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Raphael Health Clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana.” I grew up in the neighborhood around my clinic,” says Desean. “I love the fact that I get to serve my community.”
Desean is grateful for the support and guidance she received at Brown Mackie College — Indianapolis. “They helped me to think and carry myself like a nurse. Without my nursing instructor, Ms. Sheila Harrison, and my Career Advisor, Ms. Kay Fowler, I probably would have quit,” she says. “
She enjoys her work, and volunteers her nursing skills at community events staged by the Urban League. ”All that I had to overcome in order to complete the accelerated program taught me that I can handle anything that comes my way during my career,” she says. “I know I can achieve any goal I set.”
Future plans include continuing her education to become a registered nurse (RN), and completing a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. With renewed strength, a new career, and goals for the future, Desean says, I feel like I have whole new life!”
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