Adrian Walker has felt a calling to assist folks since he was a toddler. Now he’s learning to turn out to be a registered nurse, probably working within the neonatal intensive care unit.
On the similar time, Walker is a working again on the University of Texas Permian Basin soccer group.
Initially from Corpus Christi, Walker and his 4 siblings have been raised by a single mom. He plans to graduate from the college in Might of 2022 with a bachelor of science diploma in nursing.
Walker broke his leg his senior yr and misplaced all of his scholarships besides the one to UTPB.
“I had by no means even heard of Odessa, however I watched ‘Friday Night time Lights,’” Walker mentioned.
And he has visited Ratliff Stadium nonetheless on crutches after breaking his leg.
The factor that struck him was how good the folks have been. They opened doorways for him and stayed behind him to ensure he didn’t slip when he was going right into a restaurant as soon as within the rain.
“It was real, , and I knew that I used to be gonna match proper in,” Walker mentioned.
Walker all the time seemed out for his household, particularly his sister and grandmother.
“Rising up, it’s all the time type of been a ardour. It’s all the time appeared like I’d be there for somebody. …”
What finalized Walker’s determination to decide on nursing was a celebration he went to the place somebody was crushed up and nobody on the occasion did something to assist him. He didn’t perceive how nobody would assist the sufferer.
The connection between soccer and nursing is that he may also help people who find themselves hurting.
“I like to think about it like that manner, , and I do know some folks get damage, too, and so they go to the trainers and I’ll go verify in on them …,” Walker mentioned.
They’ll ask if he is aware of what’s improper with them and he doesn’t, however he’ll ask about their indicators and signs and historical past.
“… That’s simply the nurse in me. I’ve simply received to determine if there’s one thing deeper than what you suppose. Is it only a sprain or one thing like that. In order that was like Nurse Walker, all the time coming to the rescue. … It simply makes me really feel good. I really feel like I join extra with the power and conditioning coach and all of the trainers as a result of I suppose none of that stuff actually excites different athletes. …,” Walker mentioned.
When he talked to somebody earlier than he arrived at UTPB concerning the nursing program, Walker mentioned they instructed him it was one of the best. However he mentioned everybody tells you that if you’re being recruited.
“However really being right here and being with all of the professors right here, I spotted that they care extra about you as an individual, fairly than as a scholar. So there was one time (when) I used to be having a tough time with my household and I had to return residence. … We have been nonetheless going by means of class and when my professor, she was similar to, I perceive. You do what it’s important to do. Ensure you’re on Zoom with us and simply ensure you … keep on high of all the things. When she instructed me that I spotted that they care about my well being as nicely … I simply really feel like they’re actually caring folks and so they’re very real folks and that’s folks I wish to be round.”
At present, Walker needs to turn out to be a NICU nurse. He needs to see a child survive and thrive.
“I really feel like that’s why we go to all of the departments to see what most accurately fits us. However caring for my sister, I spotted that I simply I like youngsters. I really feel like I can get a child to cease crying. … I’ll choose her or him up and I’ll simply begin dancing and the child is loving it and I’m loving it. So I really feel like that’s all the time what I wish to do,” Walker mentioned.
He’s interning at Midland Memorial Hospital and hopes to remain within the space when he graduates.
“… It does really feel like residence. I do really feel like I’m establishing a lot consolation and data simply from there,” Walker mentioned.
Jesica Naiman, educational chair of the Faculty of Nursing, helps put together college students to take the nationwide nursing examination.
“I actually suppose he stands out as a scholar who cares about his friends. You possibly can see him being very thoughtful of everyone within the room. I feel he’ll be an exceptional nurse as a result of … nursing is the science of caring and he’s received that talent down …,” Naiman mentioned.
Naiman conducts bootcamp research teams along with her college students to arrange them for the NCLEX examination. She checks in with them each week till they take the take a look at.
“It’s essential to me that the scholars really feel that they’re valued and that they go into their exams with confidence. With a purpose to do this, they have to be assured in what they know. And so it’s essential to me that I help them and get them to that place the place they’ve that confidence,” Naiman added.
Walker mentioned he feels that confidence and data.
“My grandma has diabetes. My dad had diabetes. My auntie has diabetes … amongst different issues. It’s simply good to not be wanting from the surface anymore,” Walker mentioned.