Nursing student who started in Environmental Services pursues dream during pandemic at Memorial Hospital ICU
Alicia Rogers is a Unit Assistant in the Memorial Hospital ICU. Below, Alicia describes why she is pursuing a career in nursing. She is a 2021 Beacon Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship winner.
“I have always taken care of others, so I know this is what I am meant to do with my life. I started in Environmental Services, always with the intent of moving up to patient care and I have fallen in love with the family I now have in the Memorial ICU.
“There are so many people getting burned out during this COVID pandemic, but so many more people that need us. I have never felt more part of a greater cause than saving lives at the Memorial ICU. Don’t get me wrong, it can get crazy, but I feel in those moments is when we all band together even stronger and get through it as a team. I plan to put my all and everything into being the best ICU nurse that I can be. I truly love being a part of any little thing that can brighten, strengthen or just support anything that improves the well-being of others, especially those who can’t do it for themselves. I think it’s super important that people in their biggest time of need have someone there that is going to care for them in the way that they need to be cared for. I believe that is my calling to be that person.
“This scholarship will allow me to put myself first for once. I will be able to feel accomplished in myself. I can finally be a true example to my children and husband. I started a family early in life and put them before myself. Now I will be able to show my children that no matter what obstacles lie ahead of you, you can overcome them if you put your mind to it. I do believe that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to and I am going to prove it. I will be able to be the person I have always dreamed of being. I feel that I have been all things to all people, except to myself. Now is the time to seize the day and let nothing stand in my way.
“I can truly say that I would not be pursuing this dream of mine if it was not for the encouragement I have received from all of my coworkers and the leadership team. I will make Beacon proud that I have been given their trust. I have found my beacon of hope in Beacon.”
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