William Nguyen ’16

William Nguyen

Hometown: Kent, WA
Major: Nursing

The night before I was due to enlist in the Army Reserve, I came down with the shingles virus. What was mistaken for a bad rash quickly turned into a bacterial infection, which would render me immobile for two weeks. The hopes I had of becoming an explosive ordnance disposal technician quickly slipped away. Luckily, while I was recovering I was able to redefine my future, which involved pursuing a degree in nursing at SPU.

I realized my biggest motivation for joining the armed services was my desire to serve other people. While my parents pushed me to become a doctor, my friends who were already in medical school constantly said that I would make a great nurse. Additionally, many of my loved ones had been diagnosed with cancer throughout my life. One of my friends would update me on his treatment because I was his designated “nurse in training,” and I would go on to shave my head alongside him during his first radiation treatment. Supporting my friends and family members through their sickness shaped and encouraged me to become a nurse.

One of the unique characteristics of the SPU nursing program is the combination of faith and science. When I was growing up, one of my favorite Bible stories was that of Samuel, when he responds to God by saying, “Here I am.” During my time in the program, I have grown to believe that I will be able to answer in this manner in all aspects of my life, whether it is in the hospital or somewhere else.

A highlight of the program has definitely been clinical training in real hospital settings. Being a student, it feels amazing to actually work alongside nurses and doctors. Knowing that they want to hear my opinion or know what I’d do in a certain situation is an incredible feeling. The fact that I can profoundly affect a patient’s experience during his or her stay makes the hard work worth it.

After graduation, I plan on taking the National Council Licensure Examination to obtain my Registered Nurse license. From there, I hope to work while getting my oncology nursing certification. Ultimately, I look forward to working on the oncology floor of a hospital so that I can help others, just like other nurses helped my friends and family members.

Giselle Tayal

Giselle Tayal’s Story

“When I was a child, I spent most of my days in and out of the hospital being sick with malaria. My mother received basic training from the Red Cross that taught her how to care for my siblings and me when we were sick. Her care, combined with that of medical personnel, set an example and inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.”