“My mom was a schoolteacher and my dad worked for an agricultural organization teaching others about agriculture in Nepal. My parents since childhood instilled values of giving back to our community and always be a helping hand.
My mom is the number one reason I want to be a nurse. She wanted to be a nurse when she was younger however she never continued her studies after high school after her arranged marriage, which was the expected thing to do back in the 90s in Nepal. She has always been my role model and seeing how hard she works/has worked as a CNA made me want to be a nurse. In the future, I will like to pursue my master’s in nursing allowing me to become a nurse practitioner. With this I would like to start free clinics in rural areas giving access to regular checkups, free health educational classes, vaccinations etc. My uncle told me about Regis and also the fact that it was the closest one from my house. I love the 30 min commute and not having to drive into Boston. All of the other schools that offered the ABSN program that I was looking into were in Boston.
[My] first day was full of nerves and self-doubt. However, as we started our days in clinical, I was so amazed by the experience. To be able to practice my skills and have skilled nurses and Patient Care Aids train me at one of the best hospitals in the world was truly a privilege. We also got to experience a little bit of different parts of the hospital such as the ambulatory care, Emergency Department, Neuro ICU.
I am always glad I chose the medical field. One particular incident was when I was traveling in Nepal. My family and I were traveling by car to a temple near Palpa, and on the way down we saw an accident involving a couple on a motorcycle. This was in 2018 before nursing school had really started. The woman was injured and screaming in pain. I jumped out of the back seat and rushed over to her and assured her to remain calm. Then I just asked her if she hit her head, what hurts, just simple assessment questions. She has injured her arm and I was able to make a sling from a shawl and give some support. The ambulance would have taken a couple of hours to reach us, so we ended up giving them a ride to the hospital. In the rush of the adrenaline it was exhilarating that I was able to help her in any way I could, and I was so grateful that she was okay.
Five years from now, I hope to be immersed in my career as a travel nurse, working around the United States or even internationally. I hope to start my master’s degree and further my education, all while being happy doing what I love.
At Pace University, Sami Dhital studied Applied Psychology and Human Relations.