LKN 2019 girls What others describe as “hard work,” Diamond considers a piece of cake. As an eleventh grader, she juggled a full class schedule, an after-school job, and a role on the Hopewell dance team. In the 75 minutes between her final class and dance practice, while her peers were relaxing and catching up with their Instagram feeds, Diamond was in the practice room, cranking out her homework. Afterwards she would rush home, clean off the day, and report to work. Diamond describes her mother as her role model. “She set a good path to success,” Diamond says, “and I’m ready to follow it.” When her mom was in nursing school, young Diamond would read her college textbooks. When the two weren’t nursing the elderly or studying for school, they were taking care of Diamond’s younger sister, who has cerebral palsy. That rolemodel mom taught Diamond CPR, and how to administer her sister’s meds, in case she had a seizure in mom’s absence. Don’t most super-heroes get to take off their cape when they get home? Looks like Diamond is a new breed: the supersuper-hero.
DIAMOND OWENS diamond owens wears an invisible superhero’s cape. She’s been wearing it since she was 10 years old … when she began training to become an RN! Spending time at the nursing home where her mother worked as a registered nurse, young Diamond, assisted by her mother, would give the elderly their dosages of medicine, clean tracheostomy tubes, and change adult diapers. Superheroes always know their calling at a young age. Diamond knew hers in elementary school. What she didn’t know was that mere-mortal 10-year-olds are out kicking up dust, playing with dolls, or learning to ride those weird, self-driven scooters. What they’re not doing—what they’re not capable of doing—is the hard, loving work required by the nursing profession. And yet, there she was. And still is.
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“I’m used to things most people find icky, things involving blood; changing a trach; changing diapers,” Diamond says, before pivoting back to showing love to her mother. “My mom has been in the medical field since before I was born, so I’ve seen pretty much everything.” In her next breath she describes her future vision: “A big dream for me is to earn my BSN, a program where I’ll complete my RN and my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing simultaneously. From there, I’ll become a charge nurse in a hospital.” Having passed her rigorous senior project with a near-perfect score—27 of 28 possible points— those dreams will soon be a reality. When she graduates, her mom will get her a new cape, with her name embroidered in—you guessed it— diamonds. w
WRITER CYNDY ETLER
Lake Norman Woman Magazine - June 2019