Being a teen mom didn't stop Schere from becoming an R.N. Find out how she pushed through the pain of her past to follow her dreams.
I had the opportunity to sit down and interview Schere Hill and she shared how she overcame many challenges of her past and still pursue her lifelong dream to become a nurse.
Me: Tell me a little about yourself. Schere: I’m from North Philadelphia, brought up in a small two-bedroom house with my grandma, her 2 children and all of my siblings and cousins. Technically, my grandmother raised me due to my mother’s drug addiction.
Me: What about your father? Schere: He was addicted to drugs as well, so he really wasn’t around. I really probably got to know him around my early teens.
Me: What kind of dreams did you have growing up? Schere: Growing up, I always knew that I enjoyed helping people. I loved helping people and I knew that back in high school, I always knew I wanted to become a nurse, so that’s what I did.
Me: How did growing up in North Philly to parents with addictions and being raised by your grandmother influence the pursuit of your dream?
Schere: I think seeing both of my parents addicted to drugs that made me not want to be like them. But because I had such a strong grandmother and just the upbringing that she provided me. She just instilled a lot of good qualities, even though at the time I didn’t realize that I thought she was a mean drill sergeant (we laughed), but I got it as I got older. Again, seeing them and that state, I just knew, I don’t want to be like that, I don’t want to do that. But I think the blessing was I also had positive females around me, whether it was an aunt, cousins, my 7th-grade school teacher. You know, just seeing positive strong black females…. I saw that in them and I kinda mimicked what I saw.
Me: Outside of the challenges you mentioned, what other obstacles did face while pursuing your dream to become a nurse? Schere: It seemed like everything was a struggle. Every step, from being a mother at the age of 16, however, I did graduate high school on time and was actually accepted into nursing school straight out of high school but I think I was so immature that I just wanted to go to college with my friends and with that experience, I didn’t even last a whole semester.
Me: So, you did not pursue nursing, right after high school? Schere: Not the route that I wanted to. Initially, I did get accepted into a nursing school, but I chose to go the university route because my friends were going that way and I didn’t last a semester there, I hated it so, I said I know I want to do something so I said let’s try a medical assistant. I went to school and I did that, however, when you graduate, nobody wanted to hire because I didn’t have any experience. So I was like okay, I want to go back to school again So I went and join the military so I could learn a trade and a skill without having to take out student loans again.
Me: So when you joined the military, you had your child? Schere: Yes
Me: Did you take your child with you? Schere: I pretty much had to sign custody over to his grandfather while I was in basic training.
Me: What made you make the decision to do that? Was it difficult and what did you consider before you enlisted? Schere: Here I am a single parent at 18 years old. I graduated high school and went and did training for a job skill but couldn’t get hired because I didn’t have the
experience. So now I’m thinking I wanted to go to nursing school, but I think I’m going to have to take baby steps to get there. So I said, if I now join the military, I would receive a guaranteed paycheck, benefits down the line for me and my child felt like, this is going to benefit he and I. So, when I am ready to go to nursing school, I would receive a stipend that would help me all were great benefits, but the con was leaving my son behind which was very very difficult. I went through a bout of depression with being away from him. So, I kinda stepped out on faith and snuck home from the military a couple of times, but it worked out. I completed my training then I came home.
Me: How did you deal with the depression? Schere: I persevered. I prayed and asked God to give me strength, and He did. I did a couple of sessions in the military and it was helpful
Me: Do you have any regrets about your upbringing that could have deterred you from moving forward? Schere: Honestly, I don’t have any regrets. I think that has molded me into the individual that I am. I think things worked out the way they were supposed to work out.
Me: What would you say the young woman or woman who may have experienced some of the obstacles you faced? Schere: That’s a tough one, it depends on the individual and the mindset. Because I could have been that person that had multiple children or dropped out of school but every obstacle that came, made me want to push harder to pursue my dream. I would tell that person, “listen you can’t harp on what happened or what didn’t happen in your past, you just gotta leave that back there, do the best you can. Believe in yourself, stay prayed up, and surround yourself with positive people”. I’m the type of person that there’s no excuse. I know that’s hard to say but, you just gotta want it and you gotta go for it because nobody is gonna do it for you.
Me: So, what are you doing now? Schere: I eventually became a registered nurse. I worked in the operating room, emergency room, intensive care to home care. It was something about home care that stuck with me. I became passionate about seeing patients in their households. It’s a whole different environment, a very intimate setting. Fast forward to about 2013, when the opportunity was presented to me to become the Director of nursing for a home healthcare agency, I took it. I am now the Director of nursing and part owner of a home health agency.
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