When Cassie Hooper graduated from Gwinnett Tech in 2015, little did she know she would be serving on the front lines during a pandemic in New York. Cassie decided to serve in New York during the pandemic to help with the nursing shortage. "After making the decision, I hit the ground running. We all had one day of floor orientation in our respective departments, and I have been floated to six different departments in the four weeks I have been at the hospital. I will be here four more weeks, and the team of staff and travelers I am working with has made me feel very much at home. We are seeing a turnaround in the pandemic here in NYC, and that has been very exciting for me to be a part of!"
I often reference my nursing school instructors at Gwinnett Tech, "nurses need to be flexible and adaptable." I've learned how true this is! I have regular experiences that show me all the crazy and tedious foundational concepts were great preparation in nursing. Also, tips and tricks of the trade each of our instructors offered have been very valuable along the way!
When asked about why she entered the healthcare field, Cassie stated, "I've always loved people. And I've grown to have a fascination and love for cultures. And I wanted to do something that there was a high need for, globally. Nursing happened to be a great path for that!"
Cassie graduated with her Nursing Degree from Gwinnett Tech in May of 2015, and is currently working in Manhattan's largest healthcare system.