Award Recipient

Josephine Martin

CeraVe Skincare Scholarships for Diversity and Equity

Growing up as a little girl, I watched my grandfather go through many forms of cancer. My mother was his personal care taker. I watched my mom raise me and my siblings alone plus take care of my grandfather. All I seen was her struggle. This is where I stepped up and started helping with my siblings as it was sad watching my mom lose herself by taking care of us. As a teenager I wanted to become a nurse, but thought I was not smart enough. I thought being a nurse was a cool “dream”. I graduated school and one teacher told me “maybe apply for an LPN nursing career as RN would be too hard for you.” This stuck with me forever. I started working at the hospital as a clinical assistant and moved over to acute care assistant. Working alongside the nurses and doctors they encouraged me to apply for the nursing program as they seen the potential in me. It took a lot of courage to apply as I than had 2 kids and the thought of moving away from my home community would be tough. Now I am half way done my degree, I am so proud of myself and think back to that teacher telling me I could not do this. I can do this, I will do this and I will come back to my home community as a registered nurse and serve my people.  I am sorry it took myself this long and I promise myself I will never let anyone ever define me again. The reason I became a nurse is because I watched my mom care for her family, with that love and passion I wanted to grow up to be just like her.

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