Sally Rogan is a nursing student in her sophomore year studying at Belmont University. Rogan is passionate about studying nursing. She also serves at RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) campus ministry and loves being in community with friends at home in Nashville, TN. Rogan chooses to intentionally pursue in all aspects of her life and also encourages others to capture the things that give them life to make an impact in the world around them.
What are you captivated by? What “moves” you?
“I’m captivated by seeing how people can have such an impact on other people in any situation, especially desperate situations whether it’s medical or not. Also, just seeing how the healing process works whether it’s in a hospital or just something emotional. I also love doing RUF (campus ministry), being in small groups with people, hanging out with my friends outside, and drawing.”
Why do you want to be a nurse?
“I really like just interacting with people, and I like to think I’m pretty good at it. I believe I’m good at coming to people when they’re kind of in a negative situation and bringing a positive attitude to it. I also love being able to help people in a really practical way.”
How long have you wanted to be a nurse?
“Only since the spring of my senior year of high school. My parents literally just said, ‘Oh Sally you should look at nursing,’ and I was like, ‘What the heck, I hate needles!” But then I agreed to look into it and was like, ‘Oh, I’ll give it a try,’ because I am interested in a lot of the elements of nursing except needles. And that’s not a big enough reason to not do it. But I’m really getting over it! I slowly but surely am making progress. I don’t know how I’m going to handle the whole IV sections, but I’m pretty good at injections!”
What are ways in which you hope to make an impact in the world?
“I want to be able to come alongside people, in nursing but also in daily life. I want to be able to combine what I do professionally because I don’t want my professional life and normal life to be totally different. I want to be able to come alongside people in a nurturing way, and you can do that in any situation I think.”
Are you wanting to do missions or just work at a hospital?
“I really am interested in working in a hospital for a while and switching up what I do. I don’t know when, but eventually I’d love to do mission nursing, whether it’s just helping with refugees in the United States or going and doing international mission work. I think that’d be really, really cool to get in to.”
Tell me what’s it’s like being a nursing student at Belmont.
“I really love the program that they have at Belmont. It definitely requires a lot of you—a lot of hard work and focus. But it has been manageable because I’m really encouraged by my professors and the other people in the program. I’m encouraged because the work we are doing is ultimately going to be practical. I think [the work load] is manageable because it kind of makes sense to my end goal. I’m just excited about what I’m doing which helps a lot in anything that you do.”
Why does making an impact matter to you?
“I think my personal beliefs make me think that it’s important to live an intentional life, and I think that nursing is kind of a practical and obvious way to do that—not to discount other careers or occupations because you can live intentional in anything you do. But with nursing, it’s pretty easy to have a thousand opportunities a day to be intentional with people. And with nursing you have to continually remind yourself of the role you have in patients’ lives which is very humbling but also encouraging. Patients are usually super grateful and affected by what you’re doing. But in a greater sense, outside of nursing, I think you can be intentional in any part of life, and so it kind of helps to be doing that in your professional life to train yourself on that.”
What would you say to people who aren’t pursuing things that give them life? How would you encourage them?
“The act of finding things that give you life in everyday life can be kind of subjective. Because if you’re looking at a career or doing something that’s not obviously giving you life, I think it’s good to start at a small basic level and take all the different perspectives in what you do everyday, because you don’t necessarily have to change your career to find life in it. You can look at the small things and take a step back and look at the little things you do every day.”
What advice do you have for people seeking to find ways to make an impact?
“Maybe just try to take the big picture and break it down and kind of take a different perspective on it. Because you can make an impact on any person that you know or meet. Just challenge yourself to do something intentional for someone you see every day- your spouse, your best friend or someone like that. Do something that you wouldn’t usually do to give yourself an attitude of intentional living.”
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