Nursing is here

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, July 19, 2017

At 18 years old, Na’Shiyaa Robertson might look like your average high school student: active, happy and working hard to balance studies and social life. Beneath the composed exterior, however, is a highly motivated young woman who is completing the Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Nurse Aide program in addition to completing her high school studies at Randolph-Henry High School.

Redefining the term multitasking, SVCC’s dual enrollment program allows Robertson to attend nursing classes at the Keysville campus while still in high school. In May, she crossed her graduation stage with not only a diploma, but poised to take the state boards to become a Certified Nurses Aide and jumpstart her nursing career.

Robertson said she has always felt drawn to the field of nursing, enjoying connecting with and helping others. She and her family were deeply affected after losing an uncle to liver disease. Although Robertson was very young when her uncle passed, his illness impacted her close knit family profoundly.

With multiple aunts already working as registered nurses at area hospitals, for Robertson, nursing was a natural and fulfilling fit. Once finishing high school, the CNA program and passing her state boards, she will follow in the family footsteps to pursue an associate degree in nursing.

“The most incredible part of being a nurse, for me, is being able to help people do things they’re no longer able to do,” Robertson said.

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