Name: Frances Yandell
Course of Study: Associate Degree Nursing
What are your biggest challenges being a student and a mom at the same time? Definitely time management and sleep deprivation. I also work full time, and after working, helping my son with his homework, then all the other mom stuff, there are so many nights I have to just tough it out with a pot of coffee and a prayer to do my own studying.
What prompted you to choose your current course of study? I am deeply passionate for people and the healing that nurses provide alongside other specialties and desperately wanted to be a part of the team that changes people’s healthcare experience and outcomes.
What are your post-WC plans? I am currently working in the emergency department at Harris
Ft. Worth downtown and plan to *hopefully* start a residency program there as a nurse following graduation and NCLEX. Eventually, I plan to add flight nursing to that mix!
What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying? Definitely just spending time with friends and family decompressing, but there are very few opportunities for this. Sometimes I just use that time to take a nap. One of the most important lessons this journey has taught me is that you have to take care of yourself if you want to take care of anyone else.
What is your dream job? Being a nurse in my current emergency room with a flight nurse job
on the side. Medical missions overseas during the summer breaks with Doctors Without Borders.
Who has been your greatest hero? My greatest hero is definitely my son. I’ve been in school
his entire life and worked full time too. He has spent a lot of hours being patient so I can study and savor the time that we do get. He takes nothing for granted, and he’s so amazing for that. He constantly reminds me to “study hard mom, so you can help people.”
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is The Pursuit of Happiness. I can relate deeply to the story, and it serves as a constant reminder to stay humble and hopeful during this difficult season of life leading up to graduation!
What has been your favorite course, so far, at WC? I enjoy all of my nursing classes, more than anything. But I think the most interesting courses I had before that were psychology and philosophy with Jacobs and Trickett. They do such a great job of engaging and encourage critical thinking that I still use to this day both in my role as a nursing student and as an employee in the ER.
How would you describe the quality of education you have received at WC? I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m sure that other bigger schools have a lot to offer, but the friendships I have made in my time here, and the personal relationships I’ve been able to build with instructors has been invaluable. I’m more than just a number here, I matter. You can’t put a price on that, but Weatherford does a great job keeping it competitive in that area!
How has Weatherford College changed your life? I mean, I met my best friends in nursing school. I am nine months away from achieving my goal of being a nurse and well on my way to accomplishing the other things I’ve set out to do. The foundation I have laid at WC is truly invaluable. I’ve grown so much here, and getting to share it with my son, Carter, as we “grow through it” together is so special. We always take pictures together at school and he knows the halls well. It’s our second home. Sometimes when he has to join me for study groups, we all just sit upstairs and it’s never “Oh, gosh she had to bring her kid.” It’s always been a helping hand, someone with an extra snack for him or just welcoming us both with loving arms as we get through this program together. I truly cannot speak highly enough of the group I’m graduating with in May. It’s a sisterhood and family unlike any other – we take care of each other. It’s proven vital and blessed my life many times over during the hardest times.
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