I share some key similarities with Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, who was featured in the very inspirational article “Be inspired, rise higher.” I graduated from school more than 20 years ago and am in an MSN-nurse educator program. I remember the old saying in nursing school “nurses eat their young.” To some degree, that is still going on, as new nurses rotate through clinical settings with experienced nurses brushing them off and not helping them. I’m feeling that myself as I have struggled to secure a preceptor. Some nurses have forgotten that somebody once helped them.
As an African-American like Barksdale, I have had to keeping moving forward despite many obstacles. It’s rewarding to overcome the stumbling blocks. I am eager to give back to the next generation and the community all the knowledge, skills and experiences that God has allowed me to obtain.
— Sandra Bethea, BSN, RN, CCM, North Augusta, S.C.