Registered Nurse, Trauma/Surgical/ICUMethodist Hospital of Dallas
“Working in trauma and the intensive care unit (ICU) is so fast-paced. Every day you walk into a different situation, and you have to be prepared for something new. I like the challenge of this work and the autonomy we have as nurses in our unit.
“I took some classes at the colleges of DCCCD and started the nursing program, then transferred to what was a new nursing program. I graduated in their first graduating class.
“My experience was great, mostly because of the faculty. They were just so helpful and there to answer all of our questions. Our clinicals thoroughly prepared us, and then you have to figure out what you want to do when you graduate. My last semester of clinicals was at the Baylor-Irving Hospital emergency room, and that’s where I decided that I wanted to work in critical care.
“I would definitely recommend the Associate Degree Nursing program to anyone considering a career as a registered nurse. It all goes back to their faculty. They all work together to just really prepare you to work as a nurse.”
Heather Peroyea earned her associate degree in Nursing in 2005.