Ana Salguero, a senior in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Nursing, has been named a finalist for the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s 2012 Nursing Distinction Awards in the student category.
Salguero, 22, a native of Zacapa, Guatemala, who grew up in Lake Worth, is a member of the University’s Nursing Student Association and the Nurses Christian Fellowship, and she leads the nursing school’s Bible study.
Off campus, she teaches Sunday school at Apostolic Lutheran Church, serves as an Awana Leader at Grace Fellowship for 3rd- through 6th-grade girls and volunteers at a recovery ministry offered through the Lutheran Church and Trinity International Church.
Salguero said she became introduced to the field of nursing while enrolled in the health occupations academy at Park Vista Community High School. The program required her to complete clinical hours in hospitals and nursing homes.
“I really loved being able to help people during their most vulnerable moments,” she said.
She said she decided to come to PBA upon the recommendation of her high school medical instructor. “I really loved that PBA is a faith-based institution,” she said, adding that studying at PBA has allowed her to remain close to her home, family and church.
At PBA, Salguero considers Assistant Professor of Nursing Christine Brooks among her greatest influences. “She is a woman who has not only inspired me to be a nurse of high integrity and professionalism but has always challenged me to be the best that I can be,” Salguero said.
Brooks was a nominee in 2011 for Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Nurse Educator of the Year award.
Salguero said her parents have been the basis of her support system, and she added that the women in her Bible study “have been an enormous blessing to my life, and their constant push towards Christ will have a continuous influence in my life.”
After graduation, Salguero plans to work on the Oncology Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. She also plans to participate in short-term mission trips, and she said she is contemplating graduate school as well.
Salguero and the other finalists will be recognized at the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s 2012 Nursing Distinction Awards Ceremony on May 4 at The Breakers in Palm Beach.