July 2018 Featured Member
NYU Meyers College of Nursing – NP Class of May 2018
My name is Jonathan Diaz currently an Adult Geriatric Acute Care NP BS-DNP student at NYU Rory Myers College of Nursing. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY I always knew that I wanted to work in health care and that it was my passion to help those in need, but like most in their adolescent year I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, what route to take, or how to get there. My career into nursing was sparked by a representative of the National Association of Hispanic Nurse who presented the career of Nursing, while in the “NYU High School Fellows Program” in 2003 and 2004. A program that was intended for students who were interested in science in medicine.
Fast forward to 2010. I was one out of approximately only four males total in a class of about 40 students. I graduated with Honors from Lincoln Technical Institute’s Licensed Practical Nurse Program and that is how my career into the Nursing began. My initial experience was working in a Nursing Home in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. In 2012, I achieved my Associate of Science in Nursing from Eastwick College and became a Registered Nurse and at this time I decided to change focuses and worked in a State Psychiatric Institution. This brings me to 2015, when I graduated with Honors from Felician University, obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During this time, again I tried another type of nursing, critical care beginning as a Trauma Nurse in the Emergency Department to transitioning to the Intensive Care Units. This is also the year I would receive the amazing opportunity to be a part of the first cohort of the BS- to DNP program at NYU. In that time, I tried, yet again, a different form of nursing, Nursing Education as a Clinical Instructor.
What I have enjoyed most about my career thus far is that It is continuously evolving and all the possibilities and opportunities nursing can offer. I have met nurses from various fields that work magazine companies, to those who work special events like concerts, and even various types of clinical nurses like a flight nurse. Nursing has given me the knowledge needed to give back to different communities from being a team member in medical tent for marathons, to health fairs, fundraising, and even participating in career days.
One thing I have found to be true, is that as soon as a nurse finds their niche and they are happy but they stay. While knowing more and more opportunities are being created every day, my reason for constantly changing areas was simple, to be a well-rounded provider to help me see a different perspective than from one that might only see if they spent the majority of their practice in the Operating Room or just in the outpatient setting. For all those that wish to further their education to be advanced practitioners I believe we are forging the future. While advanced practitioners have been around for a short period of time already, the scope of practice and the advancement of practice will continuously cultivate and modify to grow due to the dedication, expertise, education, and passion of nurses at every level.
I am currently in the middle of the BS- DNP program. I am currently awaiting to take my board certification and I have approximately two years left at NYU. I am also the newly elected President of Advanced Nurse Student Organization at NYU. In the next five years I hope to be actively practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in the Critical Care arena providing evidence base, effective, and efficient care. As I am a perpetual student and love to learn, perhaps I will go for Post- Certification, but for now I hope that where ever I go I can continue to bring a positive influence and continue to advance the practice. Upon graduation being that I am in the first cohort I have always come to realize I will be the first male, and one of two Hispanic students to graduate. I hope in furthering my education I can be a role model for future nurses. I hope to continue to serve the community through providing services at health conventions and continue to provide knowledge to the less informed and deprived and to lessen the many health care associated disparities that are in our communities, after all, the best medicine to provide is prevention and the tools and knowledge to care for themselves appropriately. I also will continue to mentor both formally and informally the future of nursing. The possibilities are endless but one thing for sure that remains constant is that nursing has been an incredible ride that has led to many opportunities, and moments that could take your breath away, and I know for sure it one of the best career choices I could have made.
To all Nurses: The path may be hard, and for some it may take longer than others, but when you are done it will be worth it. Persevere, network, question, and acknowledge your weakness so it can become your strength. While you take care of others daily, do not forget that you must take care of yourself as well. Lastly, it is very easy to fail and fall when you reach for your dreams, just remember to fail or fall forward!