Many of us search our souls for the answer of why we have taken a certain “Path of Life.” For some the answer is easy while others continue to search. We all remember being asked as children “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The typical answers are movie star, policeman, fireman, teacher, doctor, or nurse. I don’t remember what I wanted to be as a little girl looking to the future. But I do know that what I am now, and it is a nurse.
I don’t know exactly how I chose my “Path of Life,” but the only answer I can give is it must have been divine intervention. I don’t believe I had anything to do with the final decision. However, I am thankful and have never looked back. Nursing continues to be my inspiration and I look forward to being its servant as long as I am able.
Throughout life we are each given many obstacles as we pursue our “Path of Life.” My journey was no different and I faced many barriers. One of the biggest obstacles occurred at the end of my second year of nursing school when I failed a class. I needed one-tenth of a point to move on as a junior. All my instructors searched for that one-tenth of point except the instructor who gave me a failing grade. I was devastated, but as a consequence, I transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and enrolled in their nursing program without any problems.
I don’t tell this story for pity but to emphasize when one door closes, another opens. I have faced many hardships, but the one thing I continue to learn is the importance of defending your dreams. Once the pursuit of a nursing career became my dream, no one was taking it away from me. I take great pride and joy to be a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Dreams really do come true!!!
I made a career change in my role at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from direct-patient care to indirect-patient care. The goals of each area are the same though, which is to provide continuous quality care at all levels. While my role may have changed, my mission remains the same: “service to all mankind.” As a nurse I am grateful to be given this opportunity in abundance. It provides my motivation each and every day, both at work and in my personal life.
In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Morgan and husband Frank, who have both been extremely supportive of my career choices. I also love spending time with family and friends while enjoying smooth jazz concerts, eating good barbecue, and garlic crabs. I genuinely love my life, which I’m blessed to have.
Cynthia, BSN, RN, MBA,
Project Manager II,
VMG Innovation Integration Center