Andrea Centeno is an oncology nurse with heart. “You have to do all you can to make the patient’s day better, she shared, even if it’s just getting them their favorite soda.” Kindness is key. Ms. Centeno was working with chemo patients at Long Beach Memorial Hospital before her recent transfer to Loma Linda to work with kids recovering from dental surgery. She was eager to lay out the roadmap for any students interested in going into nursing. She herself took about five to get her BSN starting with classes at UCR and ultimately finishing at CSULB in 2015. “You gotta push through hard times,” she told the class, “and you have to talk to a lot of people during your clinicals whether you want to or not.” Nursing school is at once stressful and rewarding.
Students asked follow up questions about clinical rotations, nursing classes, and work schedules. Her favorite part of nursing? Making someone smile.