A conversation I had with a 14-year-old girl in the hair salon in early April of 2010 finally convinced me that I needed to create www.shalenadiva.com, an online resource for women that addresses issues such as self esteem, education, career, relationships and so many other issues that are openly discussed on the website. Prior to my encounter with the young lady, I was still unsure about launching the website because I didn’t think people would be receptive to it. But as I spoke to the young lady, I felt God tugging on my heart and admonishing me to carry out the plans He gave to me. I looked at the young lady as she talked to me about her future plans of becoming a nurse with a heavy heart. A part of me was happy to see her eyes beaming with a sparkle as she passionately discussed her future plans, but the other part of me was saddened because I saw the huge divide between where she was and where she needed to be by the time she finished high school if she truly wanted to become a nurse.

Don’t get me wrong: I believe that anyone can become whatever they desire to become in life. However, this young lady like so many other ones who tell me that they want to be doctors and nurses are so far from where they need to be that it pains me to know that they won’t succeed because they are not prepared academically or mentally. I have good friends who are nurses and doctors and I know what they went through and had to be prepared for in order to succeed. These young ladies who claim to want to become nurses have no clue what it takes and it’s downright sad. The young lady I spoke to in the salon that day represented so many of these young ladies who want to really make something of themselves, but are either disillusioned or ill-prepared. They have poor vocabularies, weak math and analytical skills, and don’t fully understand what they are undertaking.

In response to this crisis, and yes it’s a crisis because our young ladies are showing up to community colleges in droves optimistic only to be discouraged by the tough course load and expectations that they did realize they’d face. In response to this, I created certain sections of the website that I will populate over the next few weeks that will help these young ladies with vocabulary and other skills they will need to come up to speed to compete on the level they so desire. People do better when they know better and are shown the way.

That is where www.shalenadiva.com comes into the picture. While I preparing certain sections of the website, I decided to interview some nursing students and actually nurses about their experiences. Hopefully, their stories will inspire you to pursue your dream of becoming nurse or finishing up nursing school. I also hope they give some of you who wish to enter this profession a sense of what it’s really like studying to become a nurse or actually being a nurse. Enjoy!
Be blessed!
P.S.- Everything has beauty including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A. to see it!

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  1. Friendly Christian on November 7, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I think your idea is a good one to interview Nurses and even successful woman. We need to see a reflection of ourselves to maintain the hope of becoming all we could be. There is a woman by the name of Nicole Gay, she teaches at Drexel University and she may be a good resource for what I’m going to suggest. Nicole is also a writer among other things. I think you should take your idea one step further and visit schools with nurses, doctor’s, lawyers , and other professionals , start at the preschool level and then elementary, take some of the youngest dreamers and goal achiever’s to the middle schools and high schools to share their vision. I’m thinking intergration, dramatic demonstration, an impact that will shake up the schools in Philadelphia. Hell you should even break down the door of the churches, so those children don’t grow up thinking all they have to do is beat a tamberine in Jesus name, stay in church 3-4 days a week and they’ll automatically become educated. Maybe this will put a stop to uneducated ignorant, preacher’s being ordained and put in the pulpit and duplicating themselves. Anyway I’ll be honored to be a part of this radical invasion on ignorance on all levels.The President has his work cut out for him and we have our’s cut out for us.
    Friendly Christian

    • ShalenaD.I.V.A on November 7, 2010 at 4:44 am

      Friendly Christian, I love your idea. You have my mind thinking….

  2. Maplelousie Raymond via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Not all the way, no. The purpose of going to college is to find a good job after the fact and when u can’t employment after u have spent 4 or more years in college and racked up enormous student loans, it becomes frustrating. U are forced to work jobs that you went to college to avoid doing. #sad, but true#

  3. Anthony WhoDat Tucker Sr. via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    paarent need to inform their kids what lies ahead in their future and help them towards their goals and to be real with their kids if u kno your child cant play ball dont let them keep thinking they going to eth nba because you not tryna crush they dreams and hope they somehow aquire skills over night it aint happeneing i dont sugar coat shyt for my son he may not like the thinggss i have to say but i aint tryna let him walk into this world we live in and get blindsided by real;ity and he has to kno that my money isnt his money lmaooo not til i leave this earth at least

  4. Anthony WhoDat Tucker Sr. via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    ouch at all the typos lmaooo i aint even going in and try to kerrect em lmaooo yall kno how to read typoese if u dont then oh well lmaoo

  5. Karen Wilson via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    No our educational system is still in the industrial age and needs to be revamped totally to the computer age, and I don’t mean computer games,FB, Twitter, and texting…………

  6. Karen Wilson via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    We still in the go to College and get a good job instead of become your own entrepreneur

  7. Tamiko Prescod via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sometimes it is not what you know but who you know.

  8. Winchell Curry via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    They need to put back the paddle in school! Computers are dumming down are kids. Teach a little about computers as they gradually get older! Some kids don’t know how to read,write,spell etc. Stop changing everything perfect what u have!

  9. Felicia Imdoinme Konan via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I think elementry school lays down the foundation for kids to get the basics….from that point on computer skills have to be emphasized….It is very important to be computer savy if not a genious now a days…as they get into middle and high school….there need to be more emphasis on what do want to be when you graduate….not all kids make it to college, but maybe if they start early on specialized skills like (cosmetology, mechanics, culinary) while still in high school…more kids would be better prepared….alot of our boys get bored and are just not interested in american history so they drop out……

  10. Ayobola Lawal via Facebook on June 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    The reality is that, the Educational system has failed globally. People aren’t taught the right skills for entrepeneurship, so they all rely on government for jobs which are not available. So its all mess..aY*

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