When Mona Clayton became a registered nurse, she did so to make a better life for her and her daughter.
The single mother was determined to show her daughter what could be accomplished through hard work and dedication.
It has been more than 10 years since Clayton passed her California state nursing exam, and not only has she had a successful nursing career, she has obtained her bachelor of science degree and started her own company, Nurses Roc 2 Publishing.
“The vision of Nurses Roc 2 Publishing is twofold” stated Clayton. “To bring awareness about the nursing profession and its many opportunities, and to publish books and promote seminars and workshops that will help nursing students accomplish their goals.”
One resource published by Nurses Roc is “From Student to Nurse, Surviving the Journey,” the highly successful debut book by Clayton. Regarded as a must-have by many nursing professionals, “From Student to Nurse” is a common sense guide for nursing students to help eliminate some of the anxiety associated with entering the field.
“I took my personal experiences and created a guide that has helped nursing students around the world,” said Clayton.
Because of the popularity of “Surviving the Journey,” Clayton is launching a 2012 speaking and book signing tour to promote the benefits of a career in nursing.
The “Surviving the Journey” tour kicked off in January at the Long Beach Job Corps. She will also visit nursing schools, colleges and host seminars with the goal of reaching 100,000 students and convincing them that nursing is one of the most rewarding careers in the world.
The next panel will be held during the Women’s Health Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 29. For a list of additional panels, visit the Nurses Roc site at www.nursesroc2publishing.com.
“I am putting an emphasis on single mothers because so often they believe that they can’t pursue these types of careers after they have children, but it is possible,” said Clayton. “It’s important to emphasize that children aren’t a hindrance, but more an incentive to have a more fulfilling career.”
“These panels are really going to be very interesting,” said Clayton. “I am bringing single nurses from different areas of medicine, and the attendees will be able to ask questions, while getting valuable information and insight into the field.”
The campaign is beginning in the community, but it isn’t only for the community. Clayton has a vision that spans further than South Los Angeles.
“I want to take this campaign across the country and worldwide,” she said. “A lot of people fear taking the step (with a new career), but it is worth it, and I can say that nursing is one of the most rewarding fields out there. Investigate the possibilities, because it truly is attainable. And children are even more encouragement to push for it.
For more information on Mona Clayton, her book, and the “Surviving the Journey” tour, visit www.nursesroc2publishing.com.