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A Nurse's Inspiration

May 10

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5/10/2019 7:57 AM  RssIcon

With Mother’s Day approaching, we found it only fitting to tell you about one of our nurses who was inspired by her mother from a very young age.

Nichole Rodriguez’s mother was a mother of three by the time she was 19 years old. That in itself can be a full-time job, but she worked hard to put herself through nursing school. Once she graduated, she was fortunate to find a position where she could bring her daughters to work. That time spent with her mother is what inspired Nichole to pursue nursing.

“I saw the glow that my mom brought to her patients and that they brought to her, and I wanted that,” Nichole said.

In the 1990’s Nichole saw the news reports about a devastating volcano eruption in the Philippines. Countries from around the world were sending troops, medical personnel and supplies to. Nichole too felt this calling. She enlisted in the United States Army as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), and was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.

After her service, she returned home to Texas and joined the Central Texas Medical Center family. In her almost 10 years with us, she’s continued her education, becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2016 and completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 2018.

Understanding the importance of education, her mother is nudging her to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing, but for right now Nichole is happy as a Nurse Leader on the CTMC Medical Surgical floor.

“There is no doubt in my mind this is where I’m meant to be and what I’m meant to do.”

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