What is your daughter’s name, and how old is she?
My daughter’s name is Promisee, and she’s eight years old.
Where are you attending school, and what is your major?
I’m attending the University of Arkansas, studying for my Bachelor of Science Nursing/Minor in Psychology.
What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
Something that has surprised me about parenthood is the amazing experience of teaching my child life lessons that she understands and will implement in her own life when she gets older.
What is your favorite parenting moment?
My favorite moment is when I work on math problems with my daughter, and we figure out the answers together.
Where do you like to hang out with your family in NWA?
We love going to the different parks like Wilson Park, Walker Park, Gulley Park, and the dog parks to walk our dog named Brawnie. We love going to the 112 Drive-In and the Malco movie theater.
What is something you wish someone would have told you before having kids?
I wish someone had told me before I had kids that parenthood is the best experience, and I never knew that I could love someone so much.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Writing poetry, singing, dancing with my daughter, shopping, and entertaining.
What is your idea of a great weekend?
We love to travel, so my idea of a great weekend is to get on the highway and get out of town.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the feedback I get from my patients about the care that I have provided them.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge has been during this COVID Pandemic because I have had to become a 2nd-grade teacher to my daughter at home due to Fayetteville Public Schools being closed. I am a frontline staff, and I had to be at the hospital for work, and trying to find childcare at the last minute has been very difficult.
How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
I heard about SPSF NWA from advertisements.
One word to sum me up:
What is your favorite quote?
“My goal is expansion always in all ways.” -Ryan Serhant
Why do you value education?
in the field of nursing. I have been taught to always continue my scholarship in nursing because nursing is ever-changing. Continuing my education will enable me to remain current with the changes, information, and skill sets that I need to be successful in the nursing field.
What does Promisee want to be when she grows up?
My daughter is eight years old, and she says she wants to be a teacher, fashionista, or M.D. when she grows up.
What do you enjoy most as a parent?
I love being able to lead by example and show my daughter that if you work hard to achieve your goals, anything in this world is a possibility.
What made you decide to go back to school/ go to school for the first time?
I have been an LPN for 14 years, and over the years, we have been isolated to nursing homes and clinics. I was fortunate to get a job at a local hospital. I discovered that even being an LPN working in the hospital has its challenges because of not being able to function at the highest level of my scope of practice. I started to feel inadequate as a nurse due to not being able to practice my skills and function as a nurse. I decided to go back to school to lay down the foundation for my daughter and also because I want to provide total patient care. For me to be able to provide complete care to my patients, I will have to become a Registered Nurse. I attend the University of Arkansas LPN-BSN program in hopes of getting my BSN and Minor in Psychology. My long term goal is to become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.
How did you choose your major?
I have been an LPN for 14 years, and I enjoy taking care of people. I decided that I needed to upgrade and continue my scholarship in nursing.
How are you and your family adjusting to online classes?
My classes are 100% online already, but nursing students were pulled out of clinicals when this pandemic occurred. I want to go back and at least finish my clinical rotations in the hospitals because I learn better through hands-on experience. It was an adjustment trying to become a 2nd-grade teacher and teach my daughter at home because of being frontline staff. I would get off from work and then do homework with my daughter because I wanted to make sure that she understood the content and meeting curriculum requirements to move on to the 3rd grade.
How has being home during COVID-19 impacted you?
As discussed previously, I am frontline staff at the hospital, so I have not been at home during COVID. I have to make sure that I am protecting myself and others while following the CDC guidelines so that I do not potentially take this virus home to my family. This is a very stressful time in our lives right now. Having to readjust my schedules and finding childcare has been my biggest obstacle during this pandemic.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has allowed me to network through going to the different events offered by this entity. I have also attended workshops that have helped with becoming more organized with school and finding a healthy balance between work, school, and parenting. I have also been grateful for all of the resources that have been provided by SPSF NWA that helps with being successful in the nursing program at the U of A.
How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
Life after graduation will be amazing because of all the windows of opportunities that are going to be available to me. I will be able to relax and work on going back to graduate school while providing total care to patients. I will also be able to provide my daughter with a better life so that she can become successful in her endeavors.
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
I want to thank all of the SPSF NWA supporters because, without your help, it would not be possible for me to better my life by going to get an education with the result of having a BSN/Minor in Psychology.