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Alumni Spotlight: Nursing Graduate Betsy Jones

Posted: September 17, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Nursing graduate, Betsy Jones smiling and in a hospital hallway.
Nursing graduate, Betsy Jones.
 


Betsy had a dream to become an ER nurse. With hard work and dedication, she had an offer for an RN position in a local ER upon graduation. 
 
It wasn’t easy for Betsy though. She was nervous and felt like she was risking everything when she enrolled in the Nursing program at our Tucson campus. She kept pursuing her dream and her instructors helped her along the way. Learn how she did it from her story below.
 
“I was 30 and bored, living paycheck to paycheck, working an accounting job with no possibility for growth. I’d been exposed to the ER while volunteering with the Pima County Victim Services Division, and remembered that my mom told me I would make a good nurse, so I began to envision becoming one. 

I researched and chose Pima Medical Institute’s Nursing program because it was the fastest way to become a Registered Nurse. I didn’t want to deal with prerequisites and waiting lists. I was nervous when I quit my job, because it felt like I was risking everything. The program moved fast and was academically challenging. The clinicals were intimidating, especially since I really didn’t have a medical background. However, those tough trauma and critical care experiences prepared me well for my career. 

My goal was to graduate with a job. My instructors helped with my resume and recommendations, and I pursued a job in the ER, which is a tough goal for a new graduate. I had an offer for an RN position in the ER of a local hospital a month before graduation. I graduated with my dream job!

I was in my position for only three weeks when COVID-19 hit. It’s hard to be prepared for a pandemic, but I felt qualified to care for COVID-19 patients. It’s a tough time to be a healthcare worker right now. But, even though we are weary and tired, we also feel fulfilled. I would recommend Pima Medical’s Nursing program. I never imagined one year after graduating, I would be able to buy my own house. I have security and a career I love.”

Do you have a dream of working in healthcare? You can start with the vision of what you want to become and we’re here to help you with the rest. Learn how you can earn your associate degree in nursing.
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