Benjamin’s family was filled with nurses. He says he never wanted to go into the nursing field, but an interaction with a patient changed everything. Here’s his success story in his own words.
“Although my mom, grandma and aunt were all nurses and my brother was a doctor, I had no intention of going into the nursing field. That all changed when I was working as a transporter. After taking the same patient for treatment every day for a week, she asked if I could come with her when she met with her doctor. That experience showed me I wanted to help and take care of people.
I began my medical career with on-the-job training and eventually becoming a certified anesthesia technician. I had been on a waiting list for a nursing program for three years when a friend told me about Pima Medical Institute’s program. I was able to start right away and the smaller classes and knowledgeable instructors made it a perfect fit for me!
A week before school started, I had a house fire, so for the first nine months I ended up living in a hotel. Although it was very tough, I always had the sense that the instructors wanted me to succeed, not because they wanted the school to look good, but because they cared about me as a person.
Since graduating, I’ve been working at St Joseph’s Hospital as a surgical nurse. I plan to get my bachelor’s degree and I’m even considering continuing on to become a nurse anesthetist. I’m so thankful to all my instructors for sacrificing their time and energy to make me the best nurse they could. I’d highly recommend Pima Medical’s nursing program. It may have been a winding road, but I’d definitely do it all over again.”
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