Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Greetings! My name is Pamela and I am a mother to two wonderful children, as well as a nursing student at National University. I am also a US Navy veteran, and my husband is currently active duty. It can be a struggle being a full-time mom and nursing student (especially if a spouse is deployed!), but I have felt very supported since starting my journey at NU. In my downtime I enjoy spending time with my kids, volunteering with Girl Scouts San Diego, and taking time for myself. One big take away from nursing school has been that self-care helps make you a more present nurse and parent. I feel blessed to have had fabulous instructors who incorporate integrative therapy into the classroom, and I am excited to weave meditation, aromatherapy, and guided breathing into not only my nursing practice, but also my home life.
In July of 2018, I was accepted into the NU Scholars Program. Through NU Scholars, I have been able to support peers’ community service projects, and am planning my own project hosting wellness workshops for elementary-aged girls. I will also be hosting SafeZones LGBTQ literacy training for NU staff, faculty, and students to help promote a safe and welcoming environment for all who attend NU.
The NU Scholars Program has a strong emphasis on goal-setting, and I have learned a lot about how to set and structure concrete short- and long-term goals. My short-term educational goal for this year is to fully commit myself to the last two weeks of my psychosocial nursing rotation. This is perhaps the most important rotation in terms of therapeutic communication and empathy, and I want to absorb everything I can before beginning my next rotation. My long-term goal is to graduate with an excellent GPA in July – nursing school is tough, but I pride myself on putting in the work I need to maintain my GPA. I cannot wait to have my kids help me put on my white coat in a few months, it is going to be one of the best feelings in the world! After achieving this first long-term goal, my next long-term goal is to continue my education at a master’s level, focusing on pediatric mental health.