The student balances work, motherhood and studies


April 25, 2022 – DALLAS – “All for one, and one for all”, is a better known expression of the novel by Alexandre Dumas – “The Three Musketeers”. It also depicts the roles that Markeshia Govan and her two daughters took on when Govan completed her master’s degree in nursing.

Govan was a mother of two, 24 and 19, until March 7, 2021. That’s the day her youngest daughter, Kynzhe, came into the world – about halfway through the pre- Govan’s last semester. Masters in Nursing Education. In pursuit of her master’s degree while working as a full-time nurse, Govan is also expected to complete 225 clinical hours and a master’s project while raising a newborn.

“It seemed impossible and overwhelming at times, but I was able to move forward with a big thank you to my daughter,” Govan said.

His 19-year-old daughter, Cy’Ira, is a pre-physiotherapy student at TWU, but has also taken on a new role in the family as support for Govan and Kynzhe.

“She was always the baby of the family and never had to play that role, but she took it naturally,” Govan said of Cy’Ira. “She was excellent. Now we are the Three Musketeers. We do everything together.”

Cy’Ira’s role wasn’t the only change. Govan changed his work schedule to weekend nights to create time to complete his academic work. She also discovered that Kynzhe was not a great topper and always wanted to be held, so Govan got used to doing things one-handed for most of the past year.

Markeshia Govan and undergraduate nursing students

“I learned to do a lot of things with one hand. I clap with one hand and hold her with the other or let her feed with the other,” Govan said. “I had to perfect myself. Cy’Ira helped, but basically I had to work when Kynzhe was sleeping or playing.”

When it was almost too difficult to continue, Govan said prayer helped her, as did conversations with her mother. She also learned patience through the process, saying, “The patience I have now helps me in all things.”

The master’s project intimidated Govan at first. But, just like the Musketeers, Govan has adapted. Her project based on nursing training around cystic fibrosis has been a success with teachers and students.

Markeshia Govan and her daughter Kynzhe

“The students loved having her in the clinic as she is an expert nurse and provides advice in a positive way.” said Dionne Magner, Govan’s tutor. “She has a great sense of humor, is energetic and always puts forward doing the right thing no matter the circumstances.”

After that experience, Govan said she wasn’t quite ready to pursue a doctorate, but was looking forward to teaching undergraduate nursing students.

“I want to teach brand new nursing babies who are always excited. I love watching the spark ignite in them as they learn,” Govan said.

Until then, she has a brand new baby herself and will be able to see that spark of learning ignited in Kynzhe.

Page last updated on April 26, 2022 at 2:36 p.m.