What do you like the most about being a nurse?
Being a nurse puts me in a position to use my critical thinking and make a difference in people’s lives at times when they may be going through the most challenging times of their lives.
What made you become a nurse?
Growing up in Zambia, I actually did not have any interest in working in the healthcare field. Upon moving to the USA, I developed a new perspective of the healthcare industry. While taking Pre-pharmacy classes in college, I applied into the highly competitive nurse program. Because I realized that the field of nursing was so versatile and could pose challenging and changing scenarios, which is something I embrace. I was then accepted and that was the beginning of my journey in nursing.
Is it easier in Chicago?
Chicago is like my second home as I have been here for a significant amount of time. Being a nurse in this city is definitely not easy as it comes with the whole “Big City” dynamics such as traffic, high expenses and so on. But I am used to it now and I’m proud to serve in such a wonderful city.
What is the hardest part about being a male nurse?
I honestly haven’t encountered so many times when being a male has been a barrier. Occasionally I run into cases where family may prefer a female but I respect the different cultures and that is part of the profession.
What are your favorite moments?
I don’t have a particular favorite moment. However I do cherish moments such as family members expressing their gratefulness for care rendered. It makes me feel I am impactful.
How do you spend your free time?
In my spare time I try to learn new things through reading or shows. I am also a small scale entrepreneur that is a co-founder of Kwacha Express which is a shopping fulfilment service so I spend some time working on that. Finally, I also dedicate a good amount of time in academics as I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Healthcare Administration program.
Is there something that you miss the most from Zambia?
Zambia is always going to be my home and I grew up there until I completed High School. I have significant family members there and I miss them. I also miss certain delicacies and beverages such as Maheu!
What advice can you give other young men on being or becoming a nurse?
Nursing is a great field as it offers so many paths. Hard work is something that cannot be mentioned enough and it is important to have a solid career plan and stick to it. Seek out a mentor and above all seek God’s will in whatever you do.