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Alumni Spotlight: Respiratory Therapy Graduate Sholanda Henry

Posted: October 29, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Respiratory Therapy graduate smiling at her office desk.
Respiratory Therapy associate degree graduate, Sholanda Henry.
 


Ready for a new direction in her life, Sholanda knew she wanted to help others and found Pima Medical Institute’s Respiratory Therapy program was the start that she needed.
 
Sholanda overcame many obstacles while attending school and with the support of her instructors, she persevered until she graduated. She also started a new job shortly after her graduation. Sholanda’s story in her own words is below.
 
“I was raising four children and getting away from a domestic abuse situation when I moved to Las Vegas. I had been to college for accounting and business, but knew I needed a new direction. Through my daughter’s asthma and my exposure to the medical field, I realized I wanted to help others. After researching, I found Pima Medical Institute’s Respiratory Therapy program and ended up getting the last spot in my class. 
 
Toward the end of the program, my daughter was kidnapped. I still made it to my clinical site after looking for her all over Vegas and putting up posters. I was so close to graduation and didn’t want to quit. It is certainly an accelerated program and wasn’t easy, but my instructors saw potential in me and pushed me. In fact, one of my instructors spent extra time tutoring me on mechanical ventilation so I wouldn’t fail. Thankfully, we ended up finding my daughter. It was such a painful time in my life, but when I walked across that stage at graduation, I felt so fulfilled. 
 
I had several job offers, but chose to accept a respiratory therapist position at University Medical Center where I had completed my clinicals. Later, my career took me to the Veterans Affair where I ran a C-Pap Clinic for a time. Currently, my husband and I own our own company, Simply Medical Recruiting. We even work with Pima Medical’s career services department to help find positions for their graduates. 
 
Pima Medical is a gateway to a better life. It has changed my life and has continued to open doors for me.”
 
Is it time for a new direction in your life? A career in healthcare might be the right fit for you and your career goals. We can help you get there.
 
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