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“I never thought it was a glamorous job, but when I began to see patients I realized how much struggle is out there.” - Madison Stockstill

The trusted profession

As a child, Madison took pride and comfort in the fact that her mother was a nurse. She looked forward to hearing stories about patients as she observed her mother become more devoted to her job. 

“I think watching how much of a challenge, physically and mentally, my mother’s work was motivated me to do something important.”

That motivation led her to Research College of Nursing, where she is now a senior. In addition to going to school full time, she works 15-20 hours a week at Starbucks, often arriving early to study before a shift and asking coworkers to quiz her on material. When she’s not at school or work, she continues to study. Her dedication to her studies earned her an academic scholarship from The Research Foundation. When Madison discovered that she was the 2019 Tom Harmon Presidential Scholar Award recipient, she was with her mom. 

“We started jumping up and down, crying. College is so expensive. To know that I’ve worked so hard and then get something like this, it gave me relief. And my mom was so happy.”

Despite discovering nursing through her mother, her clinical experiences as a student changed her perspective. Madison encountered diverse communities and varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

“I never thought it was a glamorous job, but when I began to see patients I realized how much struggle is out there.”

To Madison, a nurse is the link between patients and the outside world. As her work enhanced the humanity of her patients, she realized her ability to help them reenter the community. 

“These people have changed me. I see myself with more worth. I feel like I am important.”

She’s had intimate moments with patients. Tears have been shed and hugs have been shared. She’s now an essential part of the process; she’s needed. Because of these connections, she feels like a dependable, unwavering, trustworthy force in health care. On her first day of nursing school, Madison was told that nursing is the most trusted profession. She’s ready to live up to that reputation. 

“I think people trust nurses because we wake up and do things we never thought we would or could. But at the end of the day, we know we’re exactly where we need to be and what we’re meant to do. People trust that and it’s humbling. I’m ready to become a nurse.”