Hi! My name is Jessica Chang, BSN RN CCRN. I’m a student registered nurse anesthetist at University of Michigan – Flint and I’m writing this blog to give my readers insight into nurse anesthesia and nursing.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and moved to New York City for 8 years. While there, I learned that flexibility and resiliency are important. You have to know when to ‘never give up’ and when to ‘give up and move on.’ I went to NYIT and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in December 2010. During my time there, I decided that I wanted to pursue nursing instead, and completed prerequisites during that summer and fall prior to graduation. Immediately, I attended the NYU Accelerated Nursing Program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2012.
My career started in a rehab/nursing home and transitioned to the telemetry, and finally to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).
I knew I wanted to advance my nursing degree and started to explore some options. After speaking and shadowing with many people, I felt that nurse anesthesia suited me the most. To give myself the greatest opportunity, I decided to take the GRE and CCRN. Often these aren’t requirements but it does make you stand out from the crowd. After making a list and attending information sessions, I applied to UM-Flint and got in. Now, finally after 6 months of waiting, I’m starting this journey. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives, including patients, families, and you, the reader.
There are a few things that guide my actions that I’d like to share.
- Be honest.
- Be kind.
- Say hello and smile.
- Set big and small goals and be relentless about pursuing them.
- Don’t give up, except when necessary. Then do it with grace and have your next plan.
- Be open to other people. Think in another person’s perspective. Listen more than you talk.
- Experiences matter more than materials.
- Maintaining a healthy body and being mindful is a journey.
- Don’t be wasteful. Don’t get things in excess and know where to recycle.
- In our society, a financial education is important. Read, read, read, and then act.
That’s it for now.
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