‘How God Made Me:’ Nursing Grad Hardwired for Cardiac ICU Post


Ryan Norris, a recent nursing graduate, accepted a position at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. After a new graduate residnecy, he will be a nurse in the cardiac ICU.Nursing alumnus Ryan Norris landed his dream assignment in a cardiovascular ICU close to home mere months after graduating.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center hired Norris, a native of Jupiter, Florida, along with 60 others, for its new graduate residency program. After completing a six-week training, Norris will be a full-fledged nurse in the cardiac Intensive Care Unit in mid-December, he said.

The ICU post is a competitive assignment to get and the one Norris most desired, he said.

“The reason I like the ICU the most is because it’s where you’re going to find people in the greatest need,” Norris said. “You get to play such an instrumental role in bringing that person back to health.”

The seemingly less-desirable parts of nursing — notably the abnormal schedule and long hours on his feet — are what appeal to him, he said. Norris described himself as a “social butterfly” who doesn’t like to sit in one place for too long.

“I’m a hands-on person,” Norris said. “That’s how God made me.”

Norris, a Spring 2020 graduate, said one of his most loved passages in scripture is Mark 10:44-45, where Jesus tells his disciples whoever is great among them must be a servant.

“The No. 1 reason I chose the nursing profession is because it’s the epitome of a job where you get to be a servant,” Norris said.

He chose to study nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic because the School of Nursing is so highly regarded in the community and because of the integration of the Christian faith in the curriculum, he said.

PBA’s rigorous nursing program, both in the classroom and in clinical settings, gave Norris confidence that he was adequately prepared for his role. He completed clinical training in surgery, psychiatric nursing, critical care, maternity/obstetrics and pediatrics at various local hospitals. The critical care clinical was pivotal to land the ICU assignment, he said.

Norris has been impressed with Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s high standards for patient care and emphasis on integrity in the workplace. “That’s something that I appreciate, coming from a Christian worldview,” he said.

Norris is thankful to God for the ability to stay close to his family and his community at Grace Immanuel Bible Church.

“It’s such a gift from Him,” Norris said. “He’s been so kind in giving me all of this.”