New student readies future career in nursing
Student of the Week: Vania Hernandez
Inspired by her mother who is also a healthcare provider, Vania Hernandez says she has been encouraged to enter a medical career since she was very young.
Tagging along with her mother as she assisted the infirmed, Vania said she noticed patient interactions, and was compelled to make a difference in their lives.
Years later, and a 2019 graduate of Edinburg High School, Vania says she began at STC this fall and hopes to take the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam by the spring so she can then apply to the nursing program.
“My mom used to be a provider for awhile, and I remember how she got really attached to her patients,” Vania said. “I liked the way I saw her help people and it would make her smile, and that would make me smile too.”
Following in the footsteps of various family members who are former STC graduates, Vania said she realized the impact the college made in their lives.
“My family started when they were my age. They came here, and it really helped them and I realized that I can do anything here too. It doesn't have to be some fancy school. What matters is what you get out of it.”
“My family started when they were my age,” she said. “They came here, and it really helped them and I realized that I can do anything here too. It doesn't have to be some fancy school. What matters is what you get out of it.”
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program prepares students with the skills necessary to become practitioners in the healthcare field, and qualified to work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, and home health care agencies.
The HESI A2 Exam that Vania plans to take is an admission requirement for the ADN Program. The exam consists of academic exams and a personality profile that identifies the applicant’s learning style. All students are required to take the exam.
“To students, I would say not to get discouraged by the expectations we need to meet, if you study and put your time into it, you can do it,” Vania said. “As for me, I feel like if I set my mind to it, I can do anything.”