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Nursing is a Family Thing

I come from a family of Awesome Nurses including my Grandmother who never held a Nursing Degree but definitely embodied what it means to be a Nurse and inspired all of us to be the nurses we are today. I watched my mother persevere through an abuse marriage, caring for an ailing/dying parent, raising children/grandchildren and all the while holding down at least 2 jobs at all times; to go on and get her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Then watch my daughter venture out on her own straight out of high school into college to get her Bachelors Degree in Nursing and now she is working for a VA Hospital and has an almost 1yr daughter, severe and debilitating Dyshidrotic Eczema she will be taking on Graduate School to become a Nurse Practitioner. I am inspired daily by these 2 to keep pushing myself to get my degree past LVN soon. They will never know what they mean to me and to the Nursing Community. I could go on and on about my mother’s accomplishments in Nursing but understand that this is just supposed to be brief.  Mom-Carol Villareal, RN MSN; Daughter-Alexandria Martinez, RN BSN

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