Staff Nurse NYP Weill Cornell Hospital
Columbia University School of Nursing – Class 2015
May 2016 Featured Member – NYC Men in Nursing
My twin brother and I were born in Hong Kong in 1986, and no, my parents are not Chinese. I moved to Evergreen, Colorado in 1997 and ultimately attended The University of Colorado majoring in Integrative Physiology. I followed my interests in both health and science courses which led me to this degree. I always planned to continue my education but couldn’t motivate myself to commit to one single health profession. I played with the idea of being a pharmacist, physical therapist, or physician’s assistant; however, none of these choices seemed like a perfect fit. I thought that moving to NYC might spark some revelation. In October 2011 my girlfriend and I took the Amtrak train to NYC and then my journey really began.
During my first year in NYC I worked as a bicycle delivery boy and courier. The downtime at work gave me many opportunities to generate a plan to continue my education. I seriously looked into physical therapy and physician assistant programs. I began tutoring math and English in Flushing queens to K-5 children. My mother and stepfather came to visit for my birthday and I discussed my career ideas with them. My stepfather suggested nursing would be a good fit for me and sent me a very comprehensive email outlining all the possibilities a nursing career has to offer. This little nudge pushed the door wide open. I immediately started volunteering at NY-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and taking prerequisites at Hunter College for an accelerated nursing program. I also enrolled in a Nurse’s Aide program, in case I was not accepted. I wanted to be working with patients at the bedside as soon as possible. I was excited to have finally set my sights on something that would be fulfilling.
I was accepted to the Columbia University School of Nursing in 2014 and graduated with my BSN in 2015. I was hired at NY-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in September 2015 and currently work as a staff nurse on a surgical step-down unit. I love my job because it is dynamic and challenging. The profession constantly presents new experiences, opportunities, and situations. I work as a member of an amazing team of young nurses and am privileged to learn from them. I am grateful for all the new knowledge I gain while working with patients and colleagues at the bedside. In the future I see myself as an adult nurse practitioner and nurse educator. I believe that my calling in nursing is to teach and mentor new nurses.
Towards the end of my nursing education I was introduced to the NYC Men in Nursing organization while volunteering at NYP. I really enjoyed the male nurse focused topics chosen for discussion, a perspective I was not exposed to while in school. The organization’s meetings also coved truly novel topics related to male patient care and considerations. Furthermore, sharing my professional interests and experiences with other male nurses was immensely beneficial. I am fortunate to have found such a welcoming and resourceful organization of nurses to aide in my journey. I can foresee that the organization will remain an essential voice in nursing advocacy and policy in the future.
Finally, a quick read through this “member spotlight” section of the NYC Men in Nursing website will prove that, while we are all dedicated to quality patient care, we are not just nurses. All of the members have unique life stories and talents. These qualities enrich the nursing profession with diversity and personality. I suggest taking some time to read where the organization’s members come from and where they hope to go. As for me, I have been a skateboarder for twenty years. I film and skateboard with my friends on days away from the hospital. This is how I explore the city and blow off steam. You can watch a video part from my high school years in Colorado here: