Liliana Velazquez, RN works as a labor and delivery nurse at the birthing center at Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center providing mother and baby care. In addition to doing what she loves, Velazquez said, her education has provided her the opportunity to advance her nursing skills that are in high demand. “I’m a single mom with two boys and can now support myself and my boys without any problems. After earning my RN degree, I tripled my income, have a flexible work schedule that allows more time with my children, and I feel free from financial worries. I’m living my dream!

(Photo Courtesy of Liliana Velazquez, RN)

(Photo Courtesy of Liliana Velazquez, RN)

Earning my degree was the answer to all my prayers. The education I received at Carrington College gave me the opportunity to reach my dream job and work with top-notch medical professionals.”

What inspired you to enter this field?

“I have always wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. Working and caring for patients in labor has always been my passion. Being bilingual really helps and comforts my Spanish-speaking patients and it brings great satisfaction when I can help make their birthing experience special.”

What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful in this field?

“Have an open mind towards different types of people and cultures, but most of all you must be compassionate. Nursing is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle.”

“I always say a prayer before entering my department so that God can get me through my busy shifts and keep me mindful of all that I am doing to keep my patients safe.”

“My advice to all students who are debating or procrastinating on their desire to continue their education, there is never a perfect time to start. There will always be obstacles in the way, but the sooner you start the sooner you will be done and be living a better life.”

Karen Hansen M.S. Earth Sciences, has been an educator and consultant who is currently an analyst regarding land and other public information records. She lives and works in Sacramento, CA. She has been writing about earth and the environmental sciences for since May of 2010. Find her work in several sections of the publication. You can find her work at SF Solar Energy Examiner, SF Environmental News Examiner and Environmental News Examiner 

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