When Fernando Roman’s grandmother was in the hospital, he remembers paying close attention to the nurses who cared for her. “There were some things they did that I liked and some things I didn’t like,” he said. “So I wanted to see if I could make a difference by going into that career.”
When he was a junior at Hueneme High School, Roman’s career got a jump start when he discovered the Certified Nurse Assistant program at the VCOE Career Education Center. Through classroom work and an internship at the Victoria Care Center in Ventura, Roman learned that nursing was the career for him. “Honestly, I loved it because it taught me a lot about nursing and it made me want to have a career in that field.” Once he graduates, Roman intends to get his nursing degree at CSU Channel Islands and begin a career as a nurse practitioner.