Daniel M., MSN, RN — Awesome Humans


Leading with character and a clear vision for the future, Daniel is a San Diego-based RN with his sights set on completing both his acute care and psychiatric NP certificates. While not buried in the books, you can find him working towards his pilot’s license. Read more to see how his career started with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and how he never looked back. 

I LOVE HOW USEFUL THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS I HAVE LEARNED IN MY CAREER ARE AND HOW THEY CARRY OVER INTO MY EVERYDAY LIFE.

HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?

Starting my day includes a dance party in my shower and clearing all my phone notifications, but not at the same time (okay, sometimes at the same time). To help organize my day I make a to-do list, so I have some sort of direction or goal for the day. There’s also a focus on including some self-care in there, even if it is a satisfying cup of coffee or exercise. If I have work then I usually have to give myself a motivational speech to get out of bed early, since I am not a morning person.

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN RN? 

I actually fell into nursing as I was doing my Los Angeles City Fire background check and was told it would take up to a year before I would get a job offer, assuming I passed. I decided to use that year to complete an accelerated bachelor’s of nursing program, so I could be a fire medic. By the time I heard back from L.A. Fire, I was already working as an RN and loved it. I never looked back since I felt like I wasn’t missing out on choosing another path and was passionate about what I was doing at work.

 

WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD? 

There are so many aspects of nursing that make me love my time as a nurse. Particularly, I am really attracted to the flexibility of being able to work in various units, floors and specialties while making a positive impact on others’ lives. I also love how useful the knowledge and skills I have learned from my career are and how those skills/knowledge carry over into my everyday life. There is not a day that goes by where I do not learn something new.

 

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAD LAST YEAR AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

By far, my biggest struggle was buying my mom a new house and helping her adjust to a new location and lifestyle after she was diagnosed with leukemia. She is currently in remission, woohoo! I wouldn’t have been able to get through this time if it hadn’t been for my other family members, especially my sister and the exceptional healthcare team at USC Kenneth Norris Jr. Comprehensive Cancer Center who took, and continues to take, such great care of my mom during such an uncertain time.

 

WHERE DID YOU FEEL THE MOST GROWTH?

Having more time at home has helped me learn and manage my finances more than I could have imagined. Growing up in a household that lived paycheck to paycheck it has been difficult to teach myself about budgeting, saving, taxes, investments and money management in general. I am finally in a place where I feel stable and in control of my finances.

 

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