I’m Darrien, a 27 year old aspiring nurse from New Orleans, Louisiana and Level 2 student at Charity School of Nursing. I am so proud to say that because my nursing journey hasn’t been a straight path to success. It’s been filled with challenges, bumpy roads, and tons of trial and error.
I always knew I wanted a meaningful career that allowed me to make a difference in people’s lives. So I applied for nursing and was accepted into a program set to start in the Fall of 2016.
I was excited to start school, but my rough adjustment quickly became discouraging. The material was hard, and the endless hours of studying and reading through textbooks just weren’t giving me the results I expected. I felt confident that I knew the material and then miserably failed my exams. It left me doubting that I would ever be a nurse…
It was hard to process my failure because before nursing, I was a straight A student. Good grades always came easy. Now I was failing and I foolishly assumed it was because, “I’m just not smart enough.”
So I didn’t ask for help. I kept using the same methods that I knew weren’t working. Ultimately, I ended up failing and repeating the following semester. I tried the same methods, and so my results remained the same. After my second failure, my school removed me from the program and told me that I’ll never be a nurse! (Most nursing programs won’t accept a student who previously failed.)
I took a break from school, feeling lost and not knowing what to do.
I felt depressed, thinking that would be the end of my nursing journey. So I tried to tell myself that I didn’t want to be a nurse, but the thought always remained at the back of my mind.
After completing a full year of culinary school and feeling unfulfilled, I wanted to see if there were any opportunities left for me in nursing. I found out that my community college would accept me into their program! But only after waiting 5 whole years since my previous failure… which meant another year of waiting. Not ideal, but I knew what I wanted and I decided to go after it!
In January of 2022, I was finally able to get my second chance! I worked hard to learn new study methods, stick to a strict schedule, and ask for help when I needed it. My first semester, I earned a B+ in Nursing and an A in Pharmacology! I even helped a few of my classmates improve their study habits and raise their test scores!
The struggles I’ve had with my own nursing journey have inspired me to share my experience with others and create a platform to motivate and to help other students succeed on their own journeys, both in life and in nursing. I’m here to tell you that even though it gets tough, even though you may sometimes have your doubts… You can do anything you put your mind to! We will get through this!
I am a series of small victories and large defeats, and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.Charles bukowski
Thanks for reading my story. I hope it inspires you to keep working hard and never give up on your dreams! Click here if you want to know the exact mistakes I made and how you can avoid them.
By Darrien D. ♡