Nursing Diversity and Inclusion
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Jeelan Fall BSN, RN
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Fall 2017 Cohort
I always knew that I wanted to be involved in the medical field. My grandmother was a nurse with a burn unit. She had these medical encyclopedias that my father inherited when she passed away (I was five years old). I would flip through the pages examining pictures of human anatomy, diseases, and deformities. When I was 11 years old, my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew, at that moment, that I wanted to be involved in the birthing process. Getting there seemed so farfetched because my parents never finished college. I didn’t have any close relatives with a college education either, so I didn’t see myself being someone who would ever have one. I did not know it, but I did eventually get my college education taking it one step at a time. For my 30th birthday, I decided to take classes at Salt Lake Community College. I graduated and transferred on to earn a BSN from Westminster College with the help of my family and profound inspiration to show my kids that they can set high goals and achieve them. I’ve had many hurdles and bumps along the way, but I didn’t let that stop me from achieving my goals. The biggest obstacle I encountered was being pregnant with a baby who has Trisomy18, a rare chromosomal disorder with an abysmal life prognosis. I found out about her condition shortly before my last semester of nursing school. I graduated from nursing school and became her nurse for two years. She taught me that she has the strength to be all she can be and that I should also be all that I can be. I am proud to say that she inspired me to continue and complete my life path, which is in Midwifery and Women’s Health.
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