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PATH TO SUCCESS NCK Tech Nursing student, Bianca Okinda, first came to the United States during her high school years. Hailing from Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, she earned a scholarship in order to finish 12th grade in the U.S. She even attended an extra year in order to do so. Once she graduated, Bianca knew she wanted to stay in the Hays area for several reasons. "I didn't think about going out of town. [NCK Tech] is affordable and the whole learning environment is good. The people are very nice," she offered. So Bianca began taking general education classes from NCK Tech in 2013. She then completed coursework to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and recently graduated from the registered nurse (RN) program. Although nursing had been on her radar from a young age, it was not initially what Bianca considered as a career. As a skilled artist, she was looking into a job involving fine arts or graphic design. "When I came to the U.S. I thought nursing would be a better career," she said - a decision she made after considering factors such as job security and her varied interests. "I thought maybe I could do that sort of thing (nursing); I like making people comfortable and seeing them get better.” Soft spoken and with a nurturing personality, she talks with her patients as though they are friends. She pointed out that nursing is very demanding work, but when her schedule allows, she genuinely enjoys getting to know others on a more personal level. "We talk, not just about why they are in the hospital," she said. "Some are very informal and I talk to them about their backgrounds. We just get to know each other a little more; it's a reward just getting to know them." Aside from enjoying her work, Bianca knows nursing will be a viable career for many years to come. With her RN in hand, and credits that will transfer, Bianca is looking into attending a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree of nursing. Eventually, she's interested in getting a master’s and doctorate degree as well. "There's a chance to get a [nursing] job everywhere. You can go different places and do different things, it's a field of experience where you change a lot and never stop learning." “There's a chance to get a [nursing] job everywhere. You can go different places and do different things, it's a field of experience where you change a lot and never stop learning. Bianca Okinda, Nursing 4 | North Central Kansas Technical College

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