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Shabnam Noorbakhsh Fulfills her Dream of Being a Nurse at Pima Medical Institute

Posted: May 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

Nurse Shabnam Noorbakhsh poses for a photo at work.
In Iran, Shabnam Noorbakhsh had worked as an accountant, but nursing had always been her dream. Sitting behind a desk didn’t fulfill her desire to help others.
In 2009, she moved to the United States and she decided to make that dream come true. She had heard good things about Pima Medical Institute’s Nursing program at the Mesa, Ariz., campus, and decided to take a tour to find out more.
“I did some research and it had a very good rating,” she said.
Once she enrolled in Pima Medical’s nursing associate degree program, she found small classes, individual time with instructors and valuable lessons that she knew would be applicable in the workplace. Program Director Sharon Caves created excellent curriculum, she said.
“They do not train you to be a task nurse,” she explained. “I’m very proud to say that. Nursing is more than just that. You have to look at the bigger picture and be prepared for things to go wrong. Pima teaches you tasks, but it’s not the emphasis. It’s more about how you pick up on signs and symptoms that you should notice as a nurse.”
She soon learned that her Pima Medical nursing education had truly paid off. She felt prepared and confident when she accepted a position at Chandler Regional Medical Center’s New Graduate program. Currently, she works with patients who need care after open heart surgery, valve replacements and other cardiovascular care.
“I was accepted, which is a miracle, since they usually take bachelor degree graduates. The program involves three months of orientation; you take classes, pass a lot of tests, and attend a lot of simulation labs on the floor. It’s a great program with floor experience and education in different parts of the hospital,” she said.
Shabnam has worked at Chandler Regional Medical Center for a year now and loves it. In between raising children and working at a new job, she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“I got right on it,” she said. “My goal is to be an ICU nurse—and eventually a nurse practitioner.”
Pima Medical Institute’s associate degree in nursing is offered at three campuses—Mesa and Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M. In 2014, the Arizona Board of Nursing ranked the Mesa campus’ nursing program at number two in the state out of 38 programs statewide. The Tucson campus’ program was ranked at number nine. The ranking is based on licensure and graduation rates. The Mesa nursing program’s 2014 National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate was 97.14 percent, while statewide, the pass rate was 89.99 percent.
Pima Medical Institute also offers an online RN to BSN bachelor degree program that allows working nurses to further their education and careers. To learn more, visit http://pmi.edu/Programs/Bachelors/Bachelor-of-Science-in-Nursing-RN-to-BSN.

More information about the associate degree in nursing program may be found at http://pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Nursing

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