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Joycelynne Antonio

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I was raised by a pastor and a nurse, and am the youngest of nine children.
I got pregnant young, and we decided to get married; however, the marriage didn’t work out and we separated shortly after my daughter was born.
My daughter was in the NICU when she was born and one of the nurses offered such kindness and support to me—that experience inspired me to go into nursing and do that for someone else.
After deciding to pursue nursing, I first completed all of my prerequisite courses then applied to a two-year associate degree program for nursing, which was more affordable.
I then went on to earn my BSN online and was able to complete it in one year!
Now I’m a registered nurse and work for the national Nurse-Family Partnership program, supporting first-time moms from pregnancy until their babies are two years old.
I love being a nurse and even have plans to get my master’s degree in nursing!

Career

Nurse

I am a community health nurse supporting first-time moms in becoming successful.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I may begin at the office or field. If I start at the office, I check my email, update my calendar, prep my patient charts, and call patients. Then I head to home visits. I drive throughout the city doing home visits for 3-4 patients. Every home visit is completely different due to the varying lives my patients live. Every patient is unique but they all have one thing in common: they are first-time moms. My job is to guide them in achieving goals and becoming healthy for the baby and themselves.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Nurse-Family Partnership has over 270 local programs in 40 states across the country. If you want to work as a nurse for the national Nurse-Family Partnership, you'll need to start by going to school to complete your prerequisite science and biology courses. Once you've done those, you can apply to a nursing program. I did a two-year associate degree program—which was more affordable than a 4-year program—and then got my BSN online in one year.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Certification/License
Certified Lactation Counselor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"It's going to take so long to achieve this goal. I'm not smart enough."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Single Parent

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