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NAU student credits White Memorial Medical Center with interest in nursing

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Sean Begay, who is half-Navajo, enrolled in Northern Arizona University’s American Indian nursing program in August 2013 after he was inspired to become a nurse while volunteering at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Begay volunteered as a transporter while he was in high school and in a work-development program after graduation from the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a bachelor’s degrees in ethnic studies and in sociology: science-medicine.

Q: How did you come to work at White Memorial?

A: After graduation from college, I contacted the volunteer director who told me about the Bank of America and White Memorial Medical Center’s Workforce Development Program. I was interested in diabetes and placed in a hospital diabetes clinic. It gave me perspective about the demographics of Type 2 diabetes and the issues patients deal with. It made me want to be a diabetes educator. 

Q: What sparked your interest in nursing?

A: Working at White Memorial prompted my interest in helping my people and serving them from a direct standpoint. I can give back while educating them. 

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