Student of the Week: Victoria Trevino
Victoria Trevino, 20, from Mission, TX is pursuing an associate degree in nursing with South Texas College. The full-time student is a 1-year phlebotomist with Mission’s Regional Hospital and is expected to graduate next fall .
Respect, kindness and effort are all part of the job as a full-time student and phlebotomist, according to Victoria Trevino.
A former dual enrollment student from Mission High, Trevino said she was introduced to STC health care instructors through endorsements for interdisciplinary sciences.
Now at 20-years-old, Trevino said she is attending STC to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and just having access to higher education drives her to continue.
“My high school counselor introduced me to STC instructors who have helped me along the way in what I want to pursue, so after graduation, I decided to continue my education with STC,” said Trevino.
Shortly after earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and phlebotomy certificate, Trevino gained work at Mission Regional Hospital as a phlebotomist drawing blood from patients for test results.
“Since working at the hospital, I got to work (during) the second wave of COVID and have seen many people pass to new lives coming in,” she said. “I tell myself to always expect the unexpected.”
For Trevino, the job means so much more than simply drawing blood, she said.
“Health care has made me view it as something positive. It’s not just a quick in-and-out or a one path track. There are so many different avenues you can turn to, and I chose to use those avenues to offer the best patient care as if they were my family,” she said. “In reality, you’re taking care of someone and are impacting that individual and their family as well as the reputation of the nursing profession.”
South Texas College Associate Degree in Nursing prepares 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.
Trevino said her courses emphasize patient care in all departments.
She is slated to graduate Fall 2023 with her ADN and continue to serve in the Valley as an emergency room nurse with a nurse practitioner license and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
“Always have a positive mindset,” Trevino said to students seeking a career in the medical field. “Be that light that’s different from others because that is what is going to make you stand out.”
For more information about STC’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program visit https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/adn/
Be that light that’s different from others because that is what is going to make you stand out