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Student discovers satisfaction in nursing

It has been a decade-long journey of ups and downs, but Eunice Jinsu Kim is on the path to a nursing degree from Binghamton University.

“I took so many turns to get to where I am,” said Kim, a 27-year-old from Scarsdale. “I’m glad for the life experience and professional experience I’ve had. It gave me a stronger sense of self.”

Kim originally started as a studio art and cinema major in 1999, but struggled, took time off and returned to Binghamton in 2003 as a human development major.

“I loved what I was learning in human development,” she said. “It had everything to do with people, social systems and human relationships. It felt really good to excel after being lost in terms of direction.”

Kim received her bachelor’s degree in 2004 and left the area, but she returned again a year later to pursue social work in the Binghamton area. She worked with the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, the Broome County Youth Advocate Program and as a legal advocate for domestic-violence victims with the SOS Shelter.

But something was still missing, and Kim discovered her calling when two acquaintances talked about the nursing profession and what the Decker School of Nursing offers.

“I knew nurses existed in the world, but I didn’t think of it as something that I could pursue,” she said. “For a lot of reasons, I came to realize nursing was the right path for me.”

Kim took prerequisite courses at Binghamton and Broome Community College and entered the Baccalaureate Accelerated Track program in Decker over the summer. Kim will finish in May and hopes to practice as a registered nurse. She also is considering become a nursing administrator or nurse educator.

Joyce Rhodes-Keefe, a clinical instructor in Decker, praised Kim’s focus, inquisitiveness and ability to “deeply connect with patients.”

“She brings to Decker a degree of caring and compassion that I think is important in the profession,” Rhodes-Keefe said.

When not in class, Kim is part of the Salsa Music Appreciation Club, which promotes cultural diversity and holds dances. She is part of a performance troupe that has danced throughout the area and state. Kim also enjoys biking and took part in this year’s Ride for Life, a 100-mile fundraiser sponsored by the Southern Tier AIDS Program.

After 10 years of searching, Kim knows that she enjoys the area, the people and her chosen field.

“I feel that for the first time in my life I’m really engaged by what I’m doing in nursing,” she said. “I’m doing something that I’m going to like. I can put all of my skills to good use as a nurse.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08