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Man Graduates With Nursing Degree From NYU Years After Working There As A Janitor: "I Never Gave Up"

Man Graduates With Nursing Degree From NYU Years After Working There As A Janitor: "I Never Gave Up"

"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. 



 

"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!



 

"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.



 

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!



 

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."



 

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."



 

"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.



 

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.



 

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