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Darnise "Nisey" Love-Payne
Hello. I totally understand your dilemma. When I was in 6th grade, I adamantly said that I wanted to be a Registered Nurse because I'm the 3rd child of 6 kids. I was always nursing my younger siblings when they became ill, so I figured I was really good at it. I have compassion, patience and understand, all three are most helpful qualities to have in medicine. After I graduated from High School, I immediately applied for a job in a hospital, not in nursing but dietary. This position gave me the opportunity to move about the hospital and get to know nurses and patients. The nurses that I befriended would let me shadow them and by providing patient's their meals, I interacted with them and became close to many, especially long-term patients. Within that same year, I lost my grandmother, who was my favorite person in the whole wide world and she was the one who encouraged me and helped me start my journey. Shortly after her death, I found it very hard to be around patients, face-to-face. They reminded me so much of my grandmother and I found that I started taking my work home and I never turned off my sensory chip. When I Iost a patient at work, I felt like I personal lost this person in my life. It become too emotional for me to work with patients. I became an emotional wreck. At least for a while. I left the hospital in 1996 and I wasn't mentally able or ready to return until 2013. There was a constant yearning that I was destined for more and that I should be helping people in a bigger capacity. However, I returned in a totally different fashion. Not in hospitality but on a clerical level. I was still was able to be with patient's but not on the physical sense but on a supportive level. So, the moral of this story is that there are so many other ways that you can be beneficial in medicine without having to be a physician or a nurse. There are ancillary services such as diagnostics(Labs or Radiology and Imaging) working with patient's records (which is the job I do now and love), scheduling, billing, etc. These are just few. What I always ask people, whom I have the pleasure of discussing their future career plans with is "What do you want to do or be when you grow up? Just so you know, I just grew when I earned my degree for RHIT, so for me, it took a moment to find my niche and that isn't the case for everyone. I hope this information helps you and I would love to talk about this more if you want. Good luck with your future plans and hang in there, you will find your destiny.