What is your current career? Registered Nurse - High Risk Antepartum.
What degree, classes, certificates, skills, etc… did you need for your career?
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing
- National Licensure Exam
- Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
- Advanced Fetal Monitoring Certificate
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certificate
- S.T.A.B.L.E. Certification
What do you love most about your career? Helping women through their difficult pregnancies and making a difference in their lives! It's always a huge reward to see a healthy baby being born after caring for a mother for months during her high risk pregnancy.
Do you have any future career goals? Further my education and obtain a Master’s Degree, cross train to other obstetric units like labor and delivery and newborn nursery, and eventually I would love to look into Nursing Management. In High School, my Career Pathway was Business. I was so fortunate to have selected this Career Pathway due to my future goals. My background knowledge in business is going to greatly benefit me when I start to transition to management in the hospital.
What was your favorite High School memory? Taking anatomy during my junior year and finding out I had a passion for healthcare. Then I took the College & Career After School Program in Health Care/Nursing and I was HOOKED!
When was the moment you realized the career you wanted to pursue? The dissection lab during Human Anatomy. Luckily my Teacher saw the spark in my eye and had Nurses talk to my class about their careers. I was also extremely fortunate for the Career Pathway classes so I could get a head start in my career.
What advice would you give to a High School or Middle School student now? Start exploring your options for a potential career. There are so many unique classes to take; it's the perfect time to explore what you like or don't like. During my senior year, I job shadowed a Physician’s Assistant in a private doctor's office to get the feel of a Health Care Providers job duties, and I loved every second of it. After high school, I went to College of the Canyons (COC) to do my Nursing prerequisite classes. These classes consisted of Math, English, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology and some fun electives. I enjoyed knocking out the college classes in my home town and saving a few bucks. After a year and a half of classes at COC, I transferred to Arizona State University and finished my Nursing prerequisite classes and attend the Nursing Program. Once I started the Nursing Program, I joined two Nursing Clubs on campus to get more involved. This was one of my best decisions in my college career. Not only did I get involved with my community and volunteer around all over Phoenix, but I also connected with older nursing students and was able to be mentored (and eventually I became the mentor).
What did you do for fun this summer?
Since I currently work three nights a week, I like to enjoy hanging out with my fiancé and two Corgi puppies on my days off.