Role Model To Her Children
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Porsha Samuel wanted to be the same type of role model to her children that her mother always was to her. She was determined to pass on the same hard work ethic and ambition that her mother instilled in her when she was growing up. So when she received a phone call informing her that her mother had Stage IV cancer, she found the motivation and drive within to complete her education and find a career that she could be passionate about.
Samuel is the kind of person that wants to earn her accomplishments, and being a teen mother only strengthened her character. “At the time I felt that school wasn't necessary for me to finish because I already had a great job. That is until I realized that it was a dead end job,” said Samuel. “I knew that I had to be a role model to my daughter. I would never want her to stop and limit herself. I had to go back and finish my college education, because my mother would have done it, and I would want my daughter to do the same,” added Samuel.
So even while having to juggle many responsibilities, Samuel decided to go back to school and become a nurse. After all everyone, including her mother, could see her becoming a nurse. She always had a compassion for others. However, being a mother of four meant that she had to find a college that could provide flexible coursework along with an educated staff.
After doing some research online, Samuel found Brown Mackie College – Miami and was immediately interested in its nursing program. “I've always been one of the top students, but at this point in my life I needed a college that understood my situation,” says Samuel. Since she was already a full-time mother, Samuel needed to find a program that fit into her schedule while still providing the education she needed to launch a career in nursing. “The traditional college just didn’t seem like a good fit, however Brown Mackie College and its supportive faculty made it easier to be a working parent.”
With the right amount of hard work and determination, Samuel graduated Brown Mackie College – Miami with the highest honor, Magna Cum Laude. When she first heard the news, her entire family was excited. “It is such a joyous time in a nurse's life. You get your pin, you get your lamp, and you say the oath of Florence Nightingale. It was a lot for me to take in. It was a very emotional time.”
Currently Samuel is a telemetry trained nurse at the Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla., which is where she also completed her entire clinical trials.
“What I love most about being a nurse is that I'm helping family members better understand the diagnosis that they receive,” said Samuel. “A doctor will go in and let them know that their family member is suffering from cancer, but it’s the nurse who goes in to support the family by helping them understand the decisions they have to go through. That is why the compassion my mother saw in me is so important. It’s the same reason why my daughter wants to go to college and also become a nurse someday. And I am now confident that she will.”
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