Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Avion Taylor. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Avion , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Was there a defining moment in your professional career? A moment that changed the trajectory of your career?
The defining life-changing moment was from the year 2015, yet, I can recollect it like it was yesterday. It was a Wednesday morning in December 2015 and I was preparing for my freshman English class at the local community college. There was a delay in me getting ready for class. I did not want to go but I was getting ready unusually slow that day for no reason what so ever. Before I was able to leave, my mother received a call that changed my entire life. After receiving this call, we made a beeline for our destination. While on the way, I attempted to call my dad to let him know what was going on, yet he didn’t reply. Once he finally answered my call, all I could tell him was to pick up my uncle and meet us at the hospital. I didn’t say why oddly enough, nor did he inquire.
I arrived at the hospital to face an unforgiving reality, my aunt had passed away. I was only 18 at this time I was 18 at the time and never had a family member die or someone so close to me die so this was a new feeling for me. Once my dad had gotten there and finally found out why everyone was there he broke down…she was my aunt, my dad’s best friend, she was his “Best Woman” at his wedding, and she was my Godmother.
My dad took it quite hard. To see my dad broken like that removed everything in me. I am a daddy’s girl, so to see my dad like that on top of already having this new feeling, I had an indescribable emotion within me. I am not sure why this was the first thought out of the whole situation but I told my dad that I did not want to be a nurse anymore.
Realizing my aunt will no longer be here with me, my dad breaking down as I’d never seen before, me with my limited knowledge of nursing, I felt as if this was an excessive amount to manage for a nurse. I now know there was so much more to the nursing field than death, there are such countless different choices than the experience I had. I knew then and there, I did not want to deal with death as an individual. I felt this was the life experience of a nurse and I wanted no parts of it. I was done with pursuing a career as a nurse.
Gradually the moment grew calmer down, my dad had went and talked to my aunt’s nurse privately. Shortly after their conversation, she came over and pulled me to the side.
Now looking back, she used therapeutic communication with me, my nursing students “if you know then you know” lol. She addressed me and told me that nursing is such an enormous field, and I wouldn’t need to manage a steady pace of mortality. There were so many more areas within nursing I could work and how it did not have to be in the ER.
As I look back, being halfway through nursing school I am grateful she shared this information with me. I’m likewise appreciative I shared my emotional state with my dad since, in such a case that I had remained quiet about it, I would not be here composing this article today. From that day forward, I have dedicated my medical career to my aunt, it allows me to work through those overwhelming school days.
I am disheartened to think, I had to lose someone so important in my life to have that defining moment. Consistently I strive to go further in my education and career to honor my aunt by taking care of all patients, making a change in others’ lives as she and my dad did, and as the nurse who didn’t realize she changed my life forever.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I am Avion Taylor, a now halfway there nursing student at a local college in Dallas. I got into the YouTube industry because I am such a big researcher and I saw there wasn’t much out there for nursing students and the WHOLE nursing journey. People that do Youtube and film nursing were already in their core part of the program so they never showed the whole thing before like prerequisites and I wanted to be the one to fill in that gap and I think that is what set me apart from the rest of the nursing world on Youtube. The most thing I am proud of is when my family, what I call my supporters on Youtube, come and tell me how much of a motivation I am to them, how grateful they are that I bridged that gap. I am also most proud when they motivate me or say they miss me or ask me how is it going because I know they genuinely care and I love that so much.
If you could go back, would you choose the same profession, specialty, etc.?
Yes I actually would, the only thing I would change is doing it sooner and avoiding some steps that I previously took before. But I now do not regret those steps because it gave me the story that I tell today.
Any advice for growing your clientele? What’s been most effective for you?
Being genuine and showing them how things really are, I don’t sugarcoat or try to make the situation seem like it is more or less than what it is. I give my experience and let the people know that it is my experience and theirs could be better or worse but just know that it is always ” do-able “.