I came to the U.S. when I was 10 years-old with a desire to work in healthcare. When I was a high school freshman, a nurse mentor at the hospital where I volunteered helped me decide to become a nurse.
She listened, offered advice and shared her experiences. When I was a senior she arranged for me to shadow nurses in the emergency department and trauma ICU. My mentor recognized my potential and made herself available to me every step along the way.
When I wanted to give up, she motivated me. Last May, I graduated and started to work in the same trauma unit. I experienced the power of mentorship at an early age and wanted to offer it to others.
As president of the Hispanic Student Nurses Association (HSNA) during my first semester, I established the HSNA+ Peer Mentoring program. Seniors mentor juniors, who mentor prenursing students preparing to apply for nursing school.
Later on I saw classmates fall behind or leave school because they failed the medication administration math exam. I helped establish a math tutoring program for them.
As a nurse I continue to mentor students. I developed a nurse-to-nurse report sheet to help me stay organized and shared it with students who rotate through our units. It’s nice to hear them tell me the sheet helps them. It might seem small, but I know I am making a difference.
Jose R. Sanches
Fort Worth, Texas