National Nurses Week: Sarah Ortiz, Nursing Student

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), join us in celebrating the many wonderful and invaluable nurses who work with and impact our programs!

Americorps 437Meet Sarah

Sarah shares how she became a nurse after serving in the North Florida Health Corps, a program that provides its members the opportunity to gain hands on professional experience in a supportive environment while serving the North Florida community through a variety of program components.

Since completing her AmeriCorps term with Baptist Health’s Department of Community Health in November 2014, Sarah was accepted to nursing programs at both the University of North Florida and University of Central Florida. She credits the North Florida Health Corps program with giving her the confidence to finally apply for nursing school and helping her choose UNF.

“I hadn’t really heard of UNF before and don’t think I would have considered it an option. But then I made a lot of connections through NFHC, and was introduced to UNF’s program and realized it would be a better fit for me. I’m thankful for that! Also, I feel good about having connections at Baptist that will hopefully help me gain more experience while in nursing school.”

Sarah starts classes this month and will be completing the BSN program.