My name is Xiomara Maldonado, I’m 22 years old and I attend Cal State LA, “Home of the Golden Eagles”. I graduated from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in 2008 and I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at CSULA. I work on campus as the student coordinator for the Orientation and Campus Tour program to help promote higher education and campus resources. Before college, I always knew I wanted to be a healthcare professional, but with the help of career counselors and my family, I was able to narrow my options and decided that Nursing was the career for me. My experience in the Nursing program at CSULA has confirmed that I made the right decision. I’ve realized that nurses aren’t just essential, but a necessary component to a patient’s recovery process. Although doctors save lives, nurses keep you alive and I know I can be that professional with therapeutic communication skills, knowledge and patience. From patient education to wound care, I have enjoyed the journey of helping patient’s recuperate physically and emotionally and there’s no better feeling than hearing a sincere “thank you” from patients when they’re ready to go home. I want to be the best nurse I can be and I feel this program is preparing me to get there. I’ve learned how to prioritize, think critically and how to be culturally competent. I love my major and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys helping others. It is a difficult major to achieve, but it isn’t impossible and it is definitely worth it. Whether it’s nursing or another major, make your passion a profession and enjoy your career.
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