A Dr. Phillips Hospital Intensive Care Unit nurse (left) presents Valencia student nurse Casthia Erazo (right) with a gift from a patient’s family for providing excellent care.
A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
Just last month, Valencia celebrated 78 nursing students who completed their associate degree in nursing. This milestone allows them to sit for their registered nursing license and signals an impressive accomplishment in their journey to enter into the nursing profession in a variety of care delivery areas. What you might not know is that many of our students begin making a difference in patients’ and families’ lives before they ever graduate, like Casthia Erazo, who is in Nursing III this semester and plans to graduate in fall 2019.
During a Nursing II clinical rotation as a student nurse at Dr. Phillips Hospital, Casthia cared for a patient who been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with chest pain and hypertension (high blood pressure). Several weeks later, one of the nurses in the ICU surprised Casthia with a gift that the patient’s family mailed to the hospital to thank her for her superior service and care — a nurse’s mug personalized with Casthia’s name
“It was truly a pleasure to be connected with all of the hospital staff,” shared Casthia. “I believe that it is also reflective of the professors and the clinical instructors that are always there to answer and offer their help.”