Father of four transititions into future nursing degree
Student of the Week: Marcos Garcia
Despite being a single father of four and working 72 hours a week, Marcos Garcia said he is attending South Texas College in order to one day obtain his degree as a nurse practitioner.
Originally from Pharr, Marcos said he transitioned into a paramedic career more than five years ago. His experience in that profession inspired him into a new life centered on patient care.
“I have to balance working 72 hours a week, along with family and studying but my kids are always motivating me to keep going, to get my degree as a nurse practitioner,” Marcos said. “Even though I came from a hard background, my kids have helped motivate my life in order to give them a better lifestyle.
“I want them to see that if I can do it, they can do it too,” Marcos said.
Marcos said he was inspired into the medical field after a horrific car accident in which his brother nearly passed away. After witnessing the paramedic on the scene revive his brother several times, Marcos said it spurred him to begin his life caring for others.
“I have to balance working 72 hours a week, along with family and studying but my kids are always motivating me to keep going, to get my degree as a nurse practitioner. Even though I came from a hard background, my kids have helped motivate my life in order to give them a better lifestyle."
Now as a paramedic for the last five years, Marcos says he is applying to enter STC’s nursing program with the hopes of becoming a registered nurse.
“As a paramedic, I realized I was making a difference for that person at that moment in time,” Marcos said. “I was actually buying more time for that family to spend more time with their loved ones.”
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program will prepare students with the basic competencies to become safe practitioners in the healthcare field. Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science major in Associate Degree Nursing, the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered nurse and can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, among other areas.
“My oldest child just graduated high school and now he’s headed to college and I have to remind him that even though it’s a little sacrifice now, it will mean a better future for you later,” Marcos said. “To single fathers in the same position, I would tell them to focus on their kids everyday, and they can give you the motivation to succeed.”