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Making it Possible
for Others to
Pursue Nursing
By Dana Brandorff
B
randie Galicia's love of nursing began
at age 11 when her mother was
diagnosed with a rare congenital
disease in which brain tissue extends
into the spinal canal. It can be very
painful and cause neck pain, hearing
or balance problems, dizziness, numbness, difficulty
swallowing, and tinnitus. Her mother's condition
was so serious that it threatened to paralyze her and
required surgery.
ACTING AS HER MOTHER'S INTERPRETER
SET HER ON A PATH TO NURSING
As a 6th
grader, Galicia would accompany
her mother to her doctor's appointments. Her
parents migrated from Mexico and were not
fluent in English, so Galicia acted as her mother's
interpreter. " I got to interact with the staff, and I
noticed that my mom really bonded with one of
her nurses. From that point on, I fell in love with
how nurses related to patients and the care they
provided. "
Fast forward a few years to Galicia's senior
year at Aurora Central when she tore her ACL.
" This time, I was the patient. " Scared about
undergoing surgery, Galicia recalled, " How one
conversation with my pre-op nurse changed my
whole perspective. The experience just solidified
my desire to go into the nursing field. "
SCHOLARSHIPS WERE A GODSEND
During high school, Galicia enrolled in
concurrent enrollment classes with the Community
College of Aurora (CCA), which allowed her to
Courtesy of
Susan Baggett
graduate in 2017 with 16 college credits! She went on to attend CCA on a
full-ride scholarship through the Aurora Gives Foundation and applied to
the Integrated Nursing Pathway (INP) program at CU Nursing. " I worked
hard throughout high school, with the help of my scholarship, to try to get
most of my pre-reqs done so that I could apply for the INP program. "
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE LEADS TO NEW INITIATIVE
" I was lucky. I received scholarships. But for a lot of first-generation
college students it's discouraging - mainly because of the cost, " said
Galicia. That's why she's been working on an initiative with the Future
Voices organization that combines mentoring opportunities for Hinkley
High School students with access to scholarships. To have access to the
scholarships for which Galicia is currently writing grants, the students must
participate in a mentorship program that includes workshops and lunch
and learn sessions that immerse the students into the world of nursing.
Galicia has already enrolled 18 students and has a sponsor at the high
school. " The kids are extremely excited. I think they see that I've gone
through what they're going through and can help them figure out a path to
achieving their dreams, " said Galicia.
Galicia graduated in May with her bachelor's degree and was the first
member of her family to do so. " My parents always believed that I would
do something in the medical field because of how naturally I gravitated
toward helping people, " said Galicia.

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