“When I Grow Up”

February 25, 2016
by Lesley Cogburn, CPNP


What’s your response when your child announces that he/she wants to be an actor, musician, doctor, lawyer, construction worker, nurse, or even President when he or she grows up? What do you say when that school assignment describing future aspirations is presented? Do you encourage, dismiss, chuckle, or throw the paper away? Do you ever stop to wonder if anything from your child’s early imagination will come true?

Well in my case it did! I’m Lesley Cogburn, the nurse practitioner at DPC.  I have a framed paper in my office “When I Grow Up” written in my very loopy cursive from 2nd grade. In it I write,

“I want to be a nurse because I want to help people and I don’t want them to be sick.”                          

Would I have imagined back then that I would be working in a pediatric office for 20+ years, being driven by that same statement?

After years as a hospital nurse, my role as a pediatric nurse practitioner has allowed me to expand my clinical skills and independent practice with a nursing find the best online casinos perspective. I have watched children grow and families expand, offering support along the way. I love focusing on wellness and work hard to prepare young people for a healthy life as they venture out after high school. (My own son will do this in May- in denial now- but I’m sure there is a future blog about that).

I have heard many kids tell me what they want to be when they grow up and have seen many patients go through that Batman or Princess dress up stage. Now that I’m starting to see “grown up” patients it’s fun to see what changes and what stays the same. I am most proud when a former patient returns as a wonderful parent to their newborn (even though it ages me!). Support those early aspirations -you never know who in that Batman outfit is going to be the next superhero!

So, hold on to that “When I Grow Up” paper when it comes home from school. I’m glad my parents did.  The framed picture in my office of my early essay and my acceptance to UNC nursing school makes me smile often.

Are you anything close to what you thought you wanted to be when you were a child?

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