I’ve always considered myself to be a helpful person. Growing up as a child, I remember being so excited to help my mother with my younger sister. As I grew older, I remember deciding in junior high that I wanted to be in healthcare because I wanted to help those in need. I set off to college to do just that. Initially, I was a pre-med student. However, I quickly changed my major to nursing because I wanted to be more directly involved with patients. My life experiences have constantly reaffirmed that nursing is the career path for me. I believe I was meant to be a nurse. Today, I am a nurse and a nurse educator. I am truly blessed to be able to work in a profession I love. I am able to help, serve, and nurture others. These are the characteristics I see when I envision a nurse and what I believe nurses do best.
Larronda Rainey, PhD(c), MNSc, RN
director of RN-BSN program and APNF Project Coordinator Conway UAMS College of Nursing