In a program that requires sacrifice and determination, local nursing students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are ready for the pomp and circumstance.
“Nursing has a reputation for being tough; especially nursing school”, home-grown Amanda Vega is part of the fall 2018 graduating class from the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing at TTUHSC.
Vega tells KTSM it was hard work to walk the stage, “There’s a lot of days when you’re up all night doing homework, studying doing paperwork and you have to be up at 5 a.m. the next morning to be at the hospital all day.”
The graduating students understand the responsibility that comes with the job, “Learning the nursing part, the science part, the pharmacology, the assessments is kinda the easy part but it’s the humanity and the things you see in the nurses role is the hardest. I did get to see a baby born in this program, but I also see loss.”
Even after graduation, Vega shared they’ll continue to find ways to grow, “I always want to have a little bit of nerves in me to keep me on my toes, keep me learning and looking into things I didn’t know before.”
A total of 86 nursing students graduate on Saturday at the Plaza Theater starting at 10 a.m.
EPCC and UTEP also have graduations throughout the weekend.