4x4: Lenna Altamirano '11
Lenna Altamirano '11
Lenna Altamirano is confident that nursing is her calling.
Altamirano’s junior year introduced her to nursing school, a challenging and enlightening experience that solidified her decision to enter the profession.
“When it was time for us to do our clinical work at the local hospital, it assured me that nursing is exactly what I should be studying,” she says. “It was so rewarding to me when I was able to take care of my patients, and it made me feel very helpful.”
Altamirano was able to apply directly what she learned in the classroom to the hospital setting. “I think that it was the best part, because in any other class I have taken at SHC, I learned the information and always thought, how would this apply to my everyday life?” she says. “But in nursing, everything you learn is always applied in the hospital because each patient is different and may have one of my many things we learned.”
Over the summer, Altamirano worked as a nursing assistant in the labor and delivery unit at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. “I loved every minute of it!” she says enthusiastically. “I learned so much from the nurses at work, and although I worked 12-hour shifts, it did not seem like a job to me because I enjoyed going to work every day. I can’t wait to go back and work during the holidays.”
Altamirano plans to work at Ochsner for a year after graduation, and then apply to become a traveling nurse. Ideally, she would like to work in pediatrics or labor and delivery.
This year she intends to excel in her studies, relish the time left with her friends, and remain active in her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. “I have met so many great friends here that it will be hard to say goodbye, but I know we are so close that distance will not affect our strong friendships,” she says.
“Spring Hill has been a great experience and has strengthened my religion. The classes have prepared me for my future,” she adds. “It will be a decision that I will not regret making. I am very happy that I chose Spring Hill College.”