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Cera Walker

1945

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Bio

Hi, my name is Cera Walker. I’m a single mother. Majority of my life, I have worked on bettering myself through education and hard work. My goal is to cross the stage again, but with my bachelor’s degree. For me, going back to college will sharpen the skills and experience I already have as a licensed vocational nurse. Not only that, my children will see the example that I want to demonstrate to them to follow their dreams. But, I know going back to college is not without a cost. When I attended college for my LVN license, I still had to keep employment to provide for my household as a single parent. Also, I had to take out student loans to cover for college. After coming across a radio personality, Dave Ramsey. He has helped me realize a better way to go back to college without using student loans by applying for scholarships and working. By following his advice, I know can achieve my goal to obtain my bachelor’s degree. So, now that I know what to do, I intend to put in the work to do it.

Education

Lamar State College-Orange

Trade School
2014 - 2016
  • Majors:
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants

Ashford University

Associate's degree program
2012 - 2013
  • Majors:
    • Behavioral Sciences

Angelina College

Technical bootcamp
2004 - 2004
  • Majors:
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants

Lamar Institute of Technology

Associate's degree program
2003 - 2003
  • Majors:
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Registered Nurse

    • Certified Nurse Assistant

      Buna Medical Center
      2004 – 2004
    • Certified Nurse Assistant; Licensed Vocational Nurse

      Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital
      2013 – 20196 years
    • LVN

      Maxim Healthcare
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Licensed Vocational Nurse

      CVS Minuteclinic
      2020 – Present4 years

    Future Interests

    Entrepreneurship

    Bold Persistence Scholarship
    Attending the LVN program was a goal of mine. I was so excited to start the LVN program. I expected to be some obstacles I would have to face. I knew it was going to be a commitment on my part. However, I didn’t realize how big of an obstacle there would be by me starting the LVN program how it would test my persistence to finish. My first semester in the program went great. I was able to get a scholarship to cover my book cost. I managed my work schedule to make it to my classes. I completed my first semester and was in the process of registering for my next semester. But then, I noticed while driving; my brakes made a horrible noise, and I almost could not stop. As soon as I could, I took it to a mechanic to get an estimate on the cost to repair my brakes. The mechanic had informed me that my vehicle was not safe to drive. I had to have my vehicle towed and parked. I thought this was the end of me completing the LVN program. After much thought, I contacted the program director to inform them of the situation. The director was able to help to keep me on track with my classes. From that, I was determined to move forward. A couple of months passed, I had received a call from an old friend. I explained what had happened to my vehicle and how college was on hold. From that, my friend said they would fix my vehicle. I was overwhelmed with joy. I was able to enroll to start classes again. So, I was able to use my persistence through my vehicle breakdown. It did not stop me from completing my goal.
    Dashanna K. McNeil Memorial Scholarship
    As a little girl, I remember my mother taking me to the hospital where she worked. She taught me about the different lab equipment and phlebotomy techniques, which still helps me to this day. She didn’t work as a nurse, but, she had a bachelor’s degree as a laboratory technologist. My mother is my inspiration to obtain my bachelor’s degree in nursing. The time I was allowed to spend with my mother was the initial spark in my wanting to pursue a career in healthcare. Years later I became a single mother. I became discouraged to go back to college and started working at the local fast-food restaurant, however, my second spark into healthcare was my dad. My dad was able to pay for me to attend a short nursing assistant program at the local nursing home. I worked as a CNA in nursing homes for a while, until I was able to get employment at the local hospital. There is where I fell in love with nursing. It was like I met superstars. I had the opportunity to work alongside RNs, doctors, and fellow CNAs on a medical and surgery unit. I was able to gain so much experience helping patients of car accidents to bariatric surgeries. This was the final spark that gave me the determination to pursue a nursing career. As I worked at the hospital I was able to go to college and complete my certification to become a licensed vocational nurse. After the completion of my certification, I was able to work as an LVN in the hospital setting on the same medical and surgery unit. Then, I worked in various settings from nursing homes to home health to expand my experience. Currently, I work in retail health under the supervision of a Nurse Practitioner for patients seeking preventive care. I plan to stay in the position that I am working in now. This position allows me to use many skills I have gained. Especially, the skill my mother taught me, phlebotomy. My goal is to advance myself by continuing my education to obtain a BSN to become an RN. Also, to raise my level of competency in my current position. I will be able to fine-tune my current skills. Then, finally, to become a great asset to my patient. As I will continue working in my current position while attending college. So, the knowledge I gain will help benefit them.