During this period , her passion , caring for others was revealed . Sandra ' s admiration for the nurses in Jamaica she met during her grandmother ' s visits further influenced her professional goals . With pride , she offered , " I looked at the nurses , especially matron dressed in her white , with the white hat , and they commanded so much respect , carried themselves in such a professional way and with confidence that inspired me ." Staying true to her ambitions , Sandra recalled how she was always the nurse even in play , fondly reminiscing how her brother was always the doctor she assisted . When teachers , counselors , and friends asked about “ what she wanted to be when she grew up ,” she consistently proclaimed her desire and hopes to become a nurse .
Sandra also places great value on the examples of her parents . She shared her mother ’ s successes despite her challenges , recognizing that no one handed her anything while highlighting the importance of hard work and sacrifice . “ My mom , a hard worker , had her own business that she built from nothing and did a fantastic job with it , saved her money and , was able to buy a plot of land .” In the same vein , drawing a parallel to her influence of taking care of others , Sandra admired her father for “ The way he treated people and looked out for people and cared about people . I ' d say that really rubbed off on me as well .”
Sandra earned an Associate in Nursing degree at the Borough of Manhattan Community College ( BMCC ), serving as valedictorian of the Nursing program — and passing the rigorous National Council Licensure Examination ( NCLEX ) for Registered Nurses . Still focused on her academic goals , she earned a bachelor ' s in Nursing from St . Joseph ' s College , a master ’ s degree in nursing from Lehman College , and an MBA from Hofstra University . Finally , in the Spring of 2021 , Dr . Lindsay completed a Doctor of Health Sciences degree concentrating on global health , leadership , and organizational behavior from A . T . Still University . Twenty-seven years later , she is just as committed to her calling as the day she entered the profession .
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These are extraordinary achievements , born from a determination to achieve her goal , driven by her desire to pursue her passion . Although she was sure she wanted to become a nurse , she didn ' t know how