My name is Latisha Anderson 33 year old native from Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from East Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville, North Carolina in May 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Many say that I am a unique nurse due to the fact I am the first African American woman to complete a nursing program from a wheelchair. At the age of 17 years old I was shot in the neck and paralyzed from breast on down. I do have a success story on line. If you type my full name Latisha Anderson in Google search engine and I think on the second search page you will find a link with my name and it has the pulse magazine link which is ECU CON alumni magazine and on page 6 you can read my success story and see me in my standing wheelchair. I landed my first job at a private psychiatric/chemical detox program hospital that treats patient ranging from ages 5 years old on up. I started out PRN; therefore I had the advantage of working on all the different units with the different age groups. After about three months of diligent working my ADON offered me a permanent position on the acute inpatient psych unit which housed twelve acute patients. I worked third shift and was the charge nurse and the only nurse that worked that unit. I decided to pursue my passion of wanting to serve those who have served my country. before I became disabled i wanted to join the marine corps and I was 37 days away from my 18th birthday and being enlisted but I became paralyzed that did not stop me i just had to pursue my goal from a different angle. I currently work with the Veteran’s Administration in Augusta, GA. I want to pursue my Masters in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership because i want to obtain a leadership role. Nurses are in roles where they can have a major impact with creating policies, laws and advocating for their consumer in the healthcare aspect in politics.
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