"The most rewarding part of my job is taking care of patients and their families. They become your family, most of the time."

Role Model Photo Elizabeth Peacock

Health Field: Licensed Vocational Nurse

Number of years in the profession:
20 year

Years in College: 2 years

Professional Credentials:

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
I have always said I would be a nurse even when I was 5 years old. Always liked helping people. I really got interested when my high school opened up a health career club, which I really enjoyed and where I learned a lot about the medical field.

What other careers did you consider?
Restaurant worker, secretary work

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
My family has always been supportive of my love for helping people. Whenever someone was sick or injured, I was theh one who wanted to help them. So I knew this was my calling.

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I volunteered in the local nursing home, and volunteered in hospitals in Tyler as a candy striper.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
No support from my high school counselor, who said I was not smart enough. Math was tough, and getting financial resources was not easy, especially going through a divorce and raising a child by myself.

How did you overcome these challenges?
My great grandfather took my daughter and I in, and sent me to college. He paid for this and would not let me work until I completed my education. He helped to take care of my daughter. Also my parents were very supportive through all of this.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?
Yes

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? No


Present Career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse


Describe an average work day for you.
I work from 7:30 am until sometimes 6 or 7 pm in the evening. Even though I work in a clinic, sometimes patients come in very sick and we have to prepare them to be taken over to the hospital.

How many hours do you work in an average week?
40-50

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
Clinic

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
Be willing to get more education, and be motivated to do more for others

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Taking care of the patients and their families, they become your family most of the time.

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Go for it! Nursing is great and rewarding!

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes, I love being an LVN. Even though a lot of people want me to go for my RN, I decided I like being an LVN. Going back to college now is not even in my train of thought.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
No.

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