Nyasia Owen is a licensed practical nurse who lives in New York. She is of Jamaican and Haitian descent. Her mother is Haitian, and her father is Jamaican and Native American.
Some of these responses have been edited for clarity.
Tell us about your journey:
When I was about 16 years old, I was asked the most common questions: “What do I want to do after high school?” “What are my career goals?” Honestly, I didn’t have an answer for it at that time. I knew I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know in what way.
I began looking into different career fields, and even, as silly as it may sound, took a quiz online to point me in the right direction. Even with doing that, I still was unsure.
In my junior year, there was an assembly for a Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) program, which is a technical school. They started talking about different courses, and they started talking about a nursing program. It was that moment I realized that nursing was the best path for me. It’s the ultimate way to help heal people.
What inspired you to pursue your goal?
How does your culture influence you in your everyday life?
It’s a reminder to always to make sure I make my family proud.
What do you like most about being Caribbean or of Caribbean descent?
I love the culture and the sense of pride that comes along with being Caribbean. My grandmother came from Haiti to make a better life for herself, and in turn, made a life for my mother and so on – and so forth.
When are you are the happiest?
I am the happiest when I am with my daughters.
What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is loving what you do every day and being able to make a living from doing what you love every day.
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