Nursing Student Jazmin Richardson Wants to Work With Minority Populations

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Nursing | School of Nursing and Health Studies | 2016

Where is UMKC taking you?

UMKC is taking me to a broader scope of everything. I’m really involved on campus and want to be involved in the community as well. At UMKC, I’m involved in my sorority and Student Nurses Association, and I serve on the Panhellenic Council.

What led you to UMKC?

I took a bus tour of the UMKC campus from St. Louis. We went to a basketball game that night and I just knew it was a great fit for me. It’s a very diverse campus. You can also tell that the faculty care about students and their success.

Why did you ultimately choose UMKC?

I chose UMKC for the nursing program and because it was away from home. Also because it’s three years here versus two, which sets us apart. We get more clinical experience, which makes us feel more prepared to work with patients.

What are you lifelong goals?

My goal is to be a nurse practitioner and work in adolescent health with minority populations.

How has college inspired you?

College has inspired me to be a better health care provider and to always give back to my community. College has taught me the importance of being involved with my community on a collegiate and graduate level.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

“A nurse who claims she knows everything is not always the best nurse.” Meaning that knowing is learning. The world of health care is constantly changing and one can never know everything.

What do you admire most at UMKC?

What I admire most about UMKC is the amount of resources and student organizations available for students to get involved.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is not accomplishing all that God has for me, which I know is great. There’s so much I want to do in nursing!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself as a nurse practitioner operating a clinic in the urban core that offers free health screening and immunizations and education to those who have limited or no access to health care.

What excites you?

What excites me is knowing that each day is the start of something new. You leave yesterday behind. Friends, family and my sorority sisters also make me happy, and doing what I love.

What motto do you live by?

“Service is the rent we pay to live on this Earth,” by Shirley Chisholm. It translates to everything I do. It’s my duty to make patients feel healthy.