Andrew Nguyen, a junior nursing student from Sacramento, California, was drawn to the nursing profession at an early age when he saw how nurses were helping his mother in her successful battle against cancer.
Nguyen said he was around 8 years old when his mother, Cindy, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. “She survived, which is amazing,” he said.
He would often join his mother during her trips to the hospital for chemotherapy treatments. “Being around all the nurses, and seeing what they did for my mom, made me want to become a nurse,” Nguyen said. “I became pretty friendly with all the nurses on the oncology floor.”
Nguyen was drawn to Creighton because of its Jesuit values, including cura personalis or care of the individual – something he’s found in the faculty at Creighton.
“The faculty here, especially the nursing faculty, really care about their students,” he said. “I’ve had nothing but good experiences.”
Now he’s looking to pay that back – through his service at the COVID-19 community vaccine clinic at Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center.
“I just really want to help out the community,” he said. “I know people have been really struggling. I want to get everyone back to normal again. If I can play my part in getting everyone back to normal, that would be ideal.”