A conversation I had with a 14-year-old girl in the hair salon in early April of 2010 finally convinced me that I needed to create www.shalenadiva.com, an online resource for women that addresses issues such as self esteem, education, career, relationships and so many other issues that are openly discussed on the website. Prior to my encounter with the young lady, I was still unsure about launching the website because I didn’t think people would be receptive to it. But as I spoke to the young lady, I felt God tugging on my heart and admonishing me to carry out the plans He gave to me. I looked at the young lady as she talked to me about her future plans of becoming a nurse with a heavy heart. A part of me was happy to see her eyes beaming with a sparkle as she passionately discussed her future plans, but the other part of me was saddened because I saw the huge divide between where she was and where she needed to be by the time she finished high school if she truly wanted to become a nurse.
Don’t get me wrong: I believe that anyone can become whatever they desire to become in life. However, this young lady like so many other ones who tell me that they want to be doctors and nurses are so far from where they need to be that it pains me to know that they won’t succeed because they are not prepared academically or mentally. I have good friends who are nurses and doctors and I know what they went through and had to be prepared for in order to succeed. These young ladies who claim to want to become nurses have no clue what it takes and it’s downright sad. The young lady I spoke to in the salon that day represented so many of these young ladies who want to really make something of themselves, but are either disillusioned or ill-prepared. They have poor vocabularies, weak math and analytical skills, and don’t fully understand what they are undertaking.
In response to this crisis, and yes it’s a crisis because our young ladies are showing up to community colleges in droves optimistic only to be discouraged by the tough course load and expectations that they did realize they’d face. In response to this, I created certain sections of the website that I will populate over the next few weeks that will help these young ladies with vocabulary and other skills they will need to come up to speed to compete on the level they so desire. People do better when they know better and are shown the way.
That is where www.shalenadiva.com comes into the picture. While I preparing certain sections of the website, I decided to interview some nursing students and actually nurses about their experiences. Hopefully, their stories will inspire you to pursue your dream of becoming nurse or finishing up nursing school. I also hope they give some of you who wish to enter this profession a sense of what it’s really like studying to become a nurse or actually being a nurse. Enjoy!
P.S.- Everything has beauty including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A. to see it!
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