A Nurse's Inspiration
5/10/2019 7:57 AM
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
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
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.”