When Jasleen was 12 years old, her mom asked, “What will you be when you grow up?” Without hesitation she said, “I want to help people.” Since then, Jasleen has known what her goal is and at 19 years old, she has achieved it!
Empathy and energy
Jasleen’s desire to work in healthcare grew stronger every time a family member received a frightening diagnosis. “My family has a long history of medical challenges. I’ve seen how cancer, neurological disease and growing old affects everyone involved.” Having personally witnessed the toll that health issues can take on a person and their family, she knew she wanted a career helping others.
Jasleen decided to become a Registered Nurse (RN) and began taking prerequisite courses. When she discovered that long waitlists for RN programs meant it would be years before she could even begin her degree, she knew she needed a new plan.
Jasleen’s search for a shorter health care program led her to Stenberg College’s 51-week Hospital Support Specialist (HSS) program. This would allow her to start working in a hospital in less than a year and work in health care while waiting to become an RN.
Go for goals
Once her mind was made up, Jasleen didn’t look back. In the HSS program, students are prepared to work as an Admitting/Registration Clerk, Health Records Clerk, Diagnostic Imaging Clerk, Hospital Switchboard Operator, Medical Secretary, and much more.It reaffirmed Jasleen’s desire to work in a hospital and help others. “I know what my goals are and what I want in life. This program strengthened my passion to work in a hospital.”
Jasleen’s instructors, all working professionals, went above and beyond to help their students succeed. “At the end of the program, every instructor offered to recommend us for positions in their hospitals. They believed in us.”
A class connected beyond the classroom
The small class became a support system and collaborative learning community. They were like family, even outside of school. Jasleen was always there for her classmates and vice versa. Staying true to her goal of helping others, Jasleen supported her classmates, lending a hand with both school-related and personal issues.
Jasleen wants to help people and being a Hospital Clerk allows her to do that. The program brings her closer to her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Even with all the praise Jasleen receives, she remains humble. Today, she is working as an Operating Room Booking Clerk at Royal Columbian Hospital and is excited at the opportunities ahead of her.
Feeling inspired? Visit Stenberg’s website to learn more about their Hospital Support Specialist Diploma program.