Nursing Career Aspirations

Nurse Anesthetist Fulfills Career Aspirations via U.S. Army Program
May 21, 2016 – 03:47 am
Major Regina Daniels gives her Army service testimony via YouTube.Major Regina Daniels gives her Army service testimony via YouTube.

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The eight year old girl was captivated as the Army Nurse assisted her mother at Fox Army Hospital at, shortly after she had given birth to her sister some years ago.

"I will never forget that nurse's wonderful spirit, her kindness to my mother, and her intelligence, " Maj. Regina Daniels says. "I wanted to be like her; she always stuck out in my mind as the years passed."

And so was born within Daniels a desire to care for others and to serve her country.

There were other signposts along the path of life that seemed to direct her, and continued to strengthen her desire to serve.

"My Dad was a career Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. We moved around a lot, living in, , and, " she said. "We had many adventures around the country and overseas."

She was also a big fan of the famous TV show M*A*S*H.

"I was really enamored by the show. I envisioned building the same camaraderie as the members of that field hospital did, and putting my nursing skills to the test in an austere environment, " she said. "My favorite character was Maj. 'Hot Lips' Houlihan. She was my favorite because she stood up for what was right, was not afraid to think outside the box, had good relationships with team members, and had a sense of humor. I even dressed up as her for a M*A*S*H costume party once when I was stationed at, and I won the contest!" she said.

For Daniels, everything she encountered seem to point toward a life of serving others, possibly in a military setting.

"When I was a junior in high school, I began looking into Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships, " she said. "I kept my options open for all of the services, but, deep in my heart, I had a strong desire to serve in the Army."

Daniels ultimately received a four year Army ROTC scholarship.

Upon graduation and commissioning, she started her Army career as a 2nd Lt. at Womack Army Medical Center, on the pediatric inpatient ward. From there, she transitioned to the adult medical/surgical ward shortly before deploying to from 2003-2004. Always seeking greater challenges, she later took the Army's Critical Care Nursing Course at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in, and became nationally board-certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN).

Daniels served in an Army ICU environment to sharpen the skills she had acquired during the Critical Care Nursing Course. Then another Army program caught her eye.

"I wanted to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) because I had met several CRNA's during my deployment to who were such great examples of the autonomy nurses can have, " Daniels said. "I was fascinated and impressed by their level of knowledge and their rapid decision making skills in the heat of battle and chaos. I thought, if I want to challenge myself to the fullest, this is the road for that challenge."

Daniels applied and was accepted to the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing at the Northeastern University

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What is career aspirations?

Career aspirations are simply the goals you've set out to achieve in either your current profession, or your desired profession. An example of how the term is used follows:
My career aspirations are to find a stimulating and challenging position which builds on my university skills and knowledge, as well as professional experience. I am an ambitious individual who wants to learn and develop under the guidance of those who are at the top of their field and then use those skills to become an expert myself.

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What are career aspirations?

Career aspirations are simply the goals you've set out to achieve in either your current profession, or your desired profession. An example of how the term is used follows:
My career aspirations are to find a stimulating and challenging position which builds on my university skills and knowledge, as well as professional experience. I am an ambitious individual who wants to learn and develop under the guidance of those who are at the top of their field and then use those skills to become an expert myself.

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