Florisela Cisneros Shares the One Thing Every Woman Should Do Before Jumping into Their Careers
In a time, where so many people are moving aimlessly through their careers, Florisela is a breath of fresh air. She knows exactly what she wants to do with her life and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
So many people say that they love to help others, but as a future nurse Florisela is willing to take the necessary steps to help those in need in whatever capacity that she can. Dive into to Florisela’s insightful interview and learn how she was able to become an Emergency Medical Technician before even graduating high school. She also shares the one thing every person should do before jumping into their career path.
What experiences, negative or positive, have shaped you into the woman you are today?
I don’t think I’ve had too many negative experiences. Mostly, just positive. I would like to say my family impacted my life the most. My family is a big part of my life. I grew up with a really big family and we all just love and support one another. They’ve all worked very hard in their lives, everyone from my mom, my dad, my sisters and my cousins. We’re very close knit. So, I really think seeing everyone love one another and encourage each other has really helped shape me into who I am today.
What made you decide your career path in nursing?
In 8th grade, we were taking all these career quizzes and surveys that tell you what you should do with your life. All of my results were geared towards service to others and a lot of it said I should do social work, and I really loved the aspect of helping people. But, the idea of doing paperwork was not my idea of helping people.
So, that’s when I started doing my research and I found that with nursing you can help people and you can also be hands-on. I think I was pretty lucky to figure that out at a very early age. Ever since I was in 9th or 10th grade, I’ve been wanting to be a nurse.
I went to a high school called Carl Wunsche Sr. High and it’s a career academy, where you’re able to take courses that relate to a certain career. Since I already knew that I wanted to be in the healthcare field, I started taking some of the courses that they offered and some of them included going to a hospital. My junior year of high school, I was already visiting hospitals and doing communications work. My senior year, there was a course that you could take to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician so I went ahead and took that opportunity. I thought it would be a great chance to get hands-on experience so that I could determine if nursing was for me. I took it, I loved it and I was certified by the end of the year. That’s kind of how I walked into healthcare. It was a wonderful opportunity. I’m so grateful for that. It helped me figure out what I wanted to do early on, they offered so many other things too.
Now that you are in nursing school and you’re about to graduate, have there been any obstacles that you’ve had to overcome in nursing school?
The biggest obstacle in nursing school is yourself. One of the hardest parts of nursing is actually getting into the program, because it’s very competitive. You have to go above and beyond to make your application stand out so you can get accepted.
Once you’re accepted, it’s up to you to stay in the program. You don’t think of it once you get into the program, but it’s really hard to stay in. It’s so difficult, so time consuming and it goes by fast. If you’re not studying and scheduling things the way you’re supposed to, you will be your worst enemy. It can get really tough.
I think that’s probably one of the biggest things: time management. You have to get organized and learn what works for you. Everyone is different. You have to stay positive and do what it is that you have to do to take care of your business. But the hardest thing is definitely time management.
What advice do you have for other women who are trying to pursue the same path into nursing?
It is very important to do your own research. Ask people who are in the industry for their opinion. Look into it yourself so that you know what you’re walking into.
A lot of people come into nursing school and the healthcare field having a certain idea, but it’s totally different once they actually start to be hands-on. You realize how personal you actually get with the patients. It’s definitely different, so if you don’t really know what you’re getting into, it can be hard.
Whatever it is that you choose to do, I think it’s really important that you do research beforehand. Just start off with Google, that’s where I started. Search the kinds of things you can do in nursing or the kinds of things you can do in whatever career you want to do.
Figure out what you personally like to do and apply it to your career. Even if you love helping others, you may not want to be a communications representative or you may not want to help someone take their medication. It can be kind of gross. But every field has things that you like about it and things that you don’t love about it. So don’t go in blind, ask as many questions as you can, find people that you know are in that field. Just ask for an interview. It doesn’t take that much, just put yourself out there and learn and explore. You’ll be more malleable and you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself into.
What would you say are your current and future goals for yourself?
My current goal is to finish school. Once I finish school, I want to work in the ER or ICU and get experience in those capacities. I also want to be a life flight nurse, that is a nurse that flies in the helicopters and responds to critical calls.
Those are my short-term goals and once I do that, I really want to go back to school and get my masters and probably become an instructor. But that will be a little later on in life, I really like helping students and I want to give them the opportunities that I’ve been given. I think it’s very important to give back what you’ve been given and I really like helping others so I think I would love to be an instructor in the future.
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