Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Student success: Aimee Cook on the right path at Grossmont College

Aimee Cook
Aimee Cook’s plans were set. After earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Philadelphia’s Temple University in 2011, Cook figured she would come home to California and work as an emergency medical technician.

Instead, she landed a job as an admissions representative in the emergency room at San Diego’s Sharp Memorial Hospital. It changed her forever.

“I would watch the nurses and see how they did everything possible to save people’s lives, to make them feel comfortable, to calm them down, just providing the utmost kindness and care no matter the circumstance,” Cook said. “I wanted to be a part of that.”

She enrolled in Grossmont College’s Nursing Program two years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Cook is set to graduate with an associate degree in June and is studying for her National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse, and then earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Cook’s dedication to the profession helped her capture Grossmont College's Henry Vanden Broek Nursing Scholarship. The award is provided to a second-year nursing student with financial need.

Cook said the scholarship will help her reach her dreams in which Grossmont College has played a pivotal role.

“Grossmont’s nursing program is incredible,” said Cook, who has a young daughter. “The facilities are amazing, the teachers are amazing, everybody here is always there to help you and their doors are always open. The students, the teachers, the faculty, they’re like a second family to me.”

Cook has overcome her share of obstacles in her life, beginning when she was born to parents who were both infected with the HIV virus.

Cook, who now works at Alvarado Hospital and has an externship at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, says she wants to become a Navy nurse after earning her bachelor’s degree in the field. If she had her druthers, she would be working in the neonatal intensive care unit at a military hospital.

“The people in the military do so much for our country, I want to do something for them,” she said. “I want to serve my country as an officer and as a registered nurse.”