Cody Peters '18

Cody PetersMajor: Nursing
Hometown: Gary, IN

Describe your current job role:

I just accepted a position as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center where I will be providing holistic, compassionate, care to an array of critically ill children. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

Throughout school, I worked at Delray Medical Center as a Nurse Extern for two and a half years, performing nursing skills and caring for the adult and geriatric populations, as well as Urban Outfitters for three years where I worked as a sales associate boosting my communication skills. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I wish I learned how to set boundaries. Healthcare is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting, and at the end of a 12-hour day, you are beat.  I am always the type of person to say “yes” to everyone, but sometimes you have to take care of yourself or people will start to take advantage of you. 

"I wish I learned how to set boundaries."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

Palm Beach Atlantic’s Nursing School, not only prepared me adequately with knowledge, but also provided some of the best clinical professors I could have asked for to guide me throughout school, in my practice, and life. Because PBA is a Christian college, I believe that to be an intricate part in my desire to treat my patients as a whole person; mentally, physically, spiritually, and culturally.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Do what you love, never settle, and make connections with people. God has a plan for everyone, and He will set you up for the greatest successes. For a long time, I loved working at Delray Medical Center, but as my time of becoming a nurse became imminent, I was getting worn out. I was afraid that as the New-Graduate nurse positions opened up across various facilities, I would have to settle for Delray. After months of waiting to hear back from pediatric hospitals however, I got my dream job at St. Mary’s PICU. As cliché as it sounds, patience is a virtue. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

What I love about PBA, is that the professors really care about you succeeding not only academically, but in life. I have made many meaningful relationships with my nursing professors, that have instilled confidence, self-worth, and knowledge within me, through the best and ugliest times of nursing school.

Spotlight posted in September 2018. For current updates from Cody, visit his LinkedIn.