“I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment in graduating,” Francisco shares. “I have suffered a lot of personal grief while in school, and my parents have sacrificed a lot for me. I have grown to be a better man, son and now a nurse on this journey, and I am excited for my future.” For years, Francisco was an EMT, where the emergency room nurses kept asking him when he was going to join them. His compassion and concern for the patients, often checking up on them days later, made him a standout among the other EMTs.
Francisco is proud to graduate from COD’s highly acclaimed Nursing Program, but it is his classmates who have made all the difference for him. Recently losing his father, he was considering dropping back a semester, but his friends helped him through his loss and kept him on track to graduate. “They are my family,” he reflects.
Now set on becoming a Wound Care Certified Nurse, Francisco says a car accident in 2019, where he lost his friend, led him into the specialty. “I needed wound care on my left leg and in seeing the process I was inspired by what the nurse was doing. There is a shortage of wound care nurses in the Valley. It’s crucial to a patient’s recovery and I want to ease the burden.”