Devan Ueno

Graduating Student

Why Choose College; A Student’s Perspective 

Nursing Graduating Student

It has been inspirational to see how I can make a positive impact on someone’s life. Growing up with both of my parents working in the medical field, I became interested in what they did, and early on I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. I enjoy helping others and providing the care that they need.

I knew that when I set a goal for myself, I was going to put all of my efforts towards accomplishing it. That is exactly what I’m doing at KCC. This Spring I will be graduating with my Associate of Science in Nursing. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn in a place that is close to home.

The things I have learned in nursing school are the importance of showing genuine interest and empathy, being respectful of other cultures, and taking a positive approach in everything that I do. I learned that sometimes it's the small things that can help patients gain back their independence and dignity. The simple act of listening to someone may mean the world to them when they feel alone.

Every day, whether I’m in the classroom or during clinical, I seek out opportunities to learn to be a better nurse. The skills lab was helpful in developing technical skills, before being assigned to work with actual patients. My instructors have encouraged me along the way to continue to strive to do my best.

After graduation I plan to take my nursing boards, and gain more experience by entering the workforce. As for future goals, I plan to work towards a Bachelors degree in Nursing. Someday I hope to become a Nurse Practitioner, and ultimately get my Doctorate of Nursing. Hawaii is my home and I want to give back to my community where I was born and raised.