Carla T., LVN

At Career Development Institute, Inc. (CDI), it’s all about the student, and so in 2013, we established a new program to recognize those who go the extra mile and exemplify excellence in the classroom. These students are viewed as leaders and mentors by their classmates and demonstrate the values and virtues of CDI, as well as the nursing community.

Our CDI Ambassadors are available to speak with prospective students looking for a graduate’s perspective on the school and VN Program. If you’re interested in speaking with one of our ambassadors, please let us know during the enrollment process. Meet on of our CDI Ambassadors!

carla-ambassador“I did my homework and visited other schools, mostly larger programs than CDI. While there are many great programs out there, I was looking for something more personable, somewhere I could receive personal one-on-one attention.”

“CDI provided that personal attention I was looking for. They let it be known that they are always there to help. CDI is always rooting for you. You can see it in their faces and in their smiles.  Having worked with my mother for more than 25 years in the family hair salon, I really related to the mother-daughter dynamic of CDI, and actually, found it very endearing. I found myself inspired by Janis’ strength and independence, her desire to help students.”
Full Q&A

Why did you want to become a nurse?
“Nursing resonates with who I am as a person, with my spirit. I’m very hands on. I’m nurturing and enjoy listening to others, showing compassion.

I had worked a number of jobs and had taken a number of training programs before entering the nursing profession.  I also had been working with my mother in our family hair salon for more than 25 years. When I entered the LVN program, I felt as though everything in my past had come together and led me to this point, to this career.

Being part of the LVN program was almost an awakening. I feel as though I have found my calling. This is what I was meant to do.”

Why did you choose Career Development Institute, Inc. (CDI)?
“I did my homework and visited other schools, mostly larger programs than CDI. While there are many great programs out there, I was looking for something more personable, somewhere I could receive personal one-on-one attention.

CDI provided that personal attention I was looking for. They let it be known that they are always there to help. CDI is always rooting for you. You can see it in their faces and in their smiles.”

What is your favorite thing about CDI?
“Having worked with my mother for more than 25 years in the family hair salon, I really related to the mother-daughter dynamic of CDI, and actually, found it very endearing. I found myself inspired by Janis’ strength and independence, her desire to help students.

CDI also adds a personal touch to the program, like remembering birthdays and bringing in treats to celebrate.”

How would you describe the VN program?
“The preparation, training and tests throughout the program are all meant to prepare you for real life. It’s meant for your own good. At times it can be strict and difficult, but this is all for your own good. Trust in the process – they are here for you. By you succeeding, CDI succeeds.

Most importantly, don’t give up, persevere. At the eleventh hour, it can all turn around. CDI is here as your resource, so take advantage. They will work with you to succeed.”

What would you tell prospective students thinking of entering the VN program?
“Some older students may feel that launching into a new career may be for the younger generations. I tell women who feel they are too old to start a new career to change that paradigm. Reinvent yourself and keep your youth. If you love life and take care of yourself, you’re never too old for anything.

When a door opens, walk through it. You may never know who or what is on the other side. Face your fears, don’t let fear defeat you. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

I would also tell prospective students to question their motives. Why do you really want to be a nurse? If you don’t have a love for this, for people; if you don’t have a true desire to help others, this career is not for you.”

Do you have any advice for current students?
“First and foremost, eliminate the negative in your life. Stay focused, no matter what is going on in your life, stay focused.

I also recommend studying with like-minded students. Group studies are beneficial as it helps the information penetrate more.”

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