Ebony's drive for pursuing a career in the medical field began during her senior year of high school.
"I did not know I wanted to be a nurse, but I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field; something where I am able to give back to my community and make a change in people's lives on a day to day basis- whatever change that may be"
Ebony attended Morrisville State College in 2010 and graduated with her associates degree in science in 2013. She then attended Upstate Medical University graduated with her bachelors degree in science in 2016. From that point, she decided to further her education. She continued at Upstate Medical University and obtained her masters degree in science in Family Health.
"My journey was not a easy journey at all! In fact, I flunked my whole first semester of nursing school and had to repeat a semester. I had a GPA of 1.7 and was informed that if I did not increase by GPA by the end of the semester I would have to drop out of college. I worked HARD to pass. Nursing school quickly shift to my priority . I partied less and studied more. I graduated undergrad, took my NCLEX and failed my boards once before successfully succeeding. I was happy to finally become a nurse, but not completed satisfied because I did not make time for myself. This originally discouraged me from furthering my education. I then decided that if I was to go back to school, I need to make some life changes. This include balancing nursing school and making time for the things that I love--travel & spending time with my loved ones. During grad school, I made sure that I found time throughout my day of studying to take a breather and do something different other than burying myself in my text books. With my new way of thinking, I went from a 1.7 GPA during my undergrad to a 4.0 GPA Summa Cum Laude, honors recognition in Nursing"
Ebony's nursing career consist of two years of med surg and three years as a medical ICU nurse. She became a travel nurse shortly after graduating grad school. She was a Travel ICU nurse in both New York City and California with experience in medical, surgical, cardiology, and neurology intensive care units and it's associated step down units. She took a full year to indulge in traveling while periodically working as a travel nurse. In 2019, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Urgent care and then pursued a career as a Travel Nurse Practitioner which she absolutely loves.
I needed to find a way to balance my career and my lifestyle. I was never one to quit my job completely to travel the world but congrats to those who are doing it! I just love my career way too much. Becoming a Travel Nurse Practitioner is an outlet which allow me to have flexibility and enjoy doing something I love.