"While working [at NYU] with the nurses, I realized I wanted to be one of them," he said. "I learned how much they advocate for their patients and the passion they have for their job.
Frank Baez moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic with his mother when he was merely 15. Coming to a new city meant he also had to contribute towards the family, so he took up a job to help his family out financially and started working as a janitor at New York University’s Langone Tisch Hospital. Baez is now 29, and he's graduated with a nursing degree from the same institution where he started as a janitor. That's what sheer dedication and hard work look like. According to Good Morning America, Baez was in awe of the nurses there as he saw them perform their duties while he was doing his job.
"What I did is never give up"- Frank Baez— Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) May 22, 2019
This story from @GMA is certainly our feel good story of the day. Head over to read more of his journey from janitor to nursing school graduate: https://t.co/hDZpi8Er3e
"I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU," said Baez. "Now I reflect on it and I feel very proud of how much I accomplished." Baez eventually quit his janitor job and went on to finish his bachelor's degree at nearby Hunter College, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. But Baez always knew he'd come back to NYU; the place where he started!
Frank Baez was a teenager when he started working as a janitor at New York University's Langone’s Tisch Hospital, cleaning patient rooms, bathrooms and hallways.— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2019
On Monday, he graduated with a nursing degree from the same institution. https://t.co/BbhEkNajpE pic.twitter.com/wv8K7PeW7I
"While working [at NYU] with the nurses, I realized I wanted to be one of them," he said. "I learned how much they advocate for their patients and the passion they have for their job." Nurses are always angels, and so it comes as no surprise that all the nurses there encouraged Baez to pursue his dreams. So, he applied to NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and entered a crash-course program of sorts that let him graduate with a nursing degree in just 15 months.
Wow! What an inspiring story. Congratulations Frank Baez! Your perseverance and dedication will make you a wonderful clinician. https://t.co/5q60SOk30Z— Magda Rzeszotko (@Magda_NYP) May 22, 2019
But, just because the course is only 15 months long does not mean that Baez lacks what he needs to become a good nurse. "Our program is extremely rigorous," said Natalya Pasklinsky, director of simulation learning at the college of nursing. "Frank didn’t just kind of make the program, barely getting through. He flew through it with flying colors." He was always meant to be a nurse!
'I never gave up': Man, 29, graduates with nursing degree from NYU where he started as a janitor a decade ago to support his family who had immigrated from the Dominican Republic. Frank Baez is the first person in his family to graduate from college and has plans to become a… pic.twitter.com/JKVFVkYb0N— Glenworth Magazine (@glenworth_mag) May 22, 2019
Surprisingly, Pasklinsky worked as a nurse in the same unit where Baez worked as a janitor. Baez was soon promoted from a janitor to a patient transporter and she remembers just how careful and thoughtful he was with the patients. "The way he interacted with patients, to me showed a lot of compassion," she said. "In my mind, he’s a star. I think he's going to be a fantastic nurse."
If you want to be successful be consistent! Frank Baez graduated with a nursing degree from same university where he started as a janitor! #WontHeDoIt Barely speaking English, he moved to NewYork from the DominicanRepublic with his mom at age 15. #WednesdayWisdom #Classof2019 🎓 pic.twitter.com/3ZZwqINbVS— A’Dorian Murray-Thomas Newark Public School Board (@ADorian4Newark) May 22, 2019
Baez graduated with a 3.6 GPA and has already set his next goal; of becoming a critical care nurse in an intensive care unit. "I was never an A student. I just studied a lot and worked a lot," he said. "Of course there were times I doubted myself, but then I felt that I wanted to do something more for myself, that I deserved better, that I wanted to continue to move forward and grow and go on with my life."
The journey of a thousand miles begins with 1 step. Congratulations to our Social Committee Chair Frank Baez, BSN, graduate of @nyunursing Meyers College of Nursing Class of 2019 and is featured on https://t.co/1AlGut7aiR @goodmorningamerica Check out his story. @AAMN_Nursing pic.twitter.com/zkOfBEhZUk— NYC Chapter of AAMN (@AAMN_NYC) May 22, 2019
"What I did was, I never gave up," Baez said. There are people who give up at the first sign of trouble, and then they spend their whole lives regretting what happened. Karen August commented: Congratulations Awesome job. May God Bless you. I wish you continued success in your life. Christine Longo added: Yes! You had an opportunity and made the best of it! That’s what being in America is all about! This is amazing! Congratulations.
Congrats! Frank Baez graduated with nursing degree from same school where he started as janitor. pic.twitter.com/N174NFvZuJ— MoorInfo (@MoorInformation) May 23, 2019
Ala Mae Wagner added: Congratulations young man. I know you will not forget to greet the housekeepers and thank them daily for the job they do for the hospitals-you know how hard they work. You will also be able to encourage those who feel that they “are not smart enough or good enough” to accomplish what they have their eye on. Job well done to your mom and also to you! Deanne Worley Mullins chimed in: Welcome to the best profession in the world! Awesome story.
Love this!— STAY WOKE! (@InactionNever) May 22, 2019
Frank Baez was a teenager when he started working as a janitor at New York University's Langone’s Tisch Hospital, cleaning patient rooms, bathrooms and hallways.
On Monday, he graduated with a nursing degree from the same institution.