I joined the healthcare field to be the best advocate for my patients, and seeing the progress they make with therapy and rehab is why I’m a nurse.
Marcos Camarillo, an alumnus of the Illinois affiliate, works in Chicago as a rehab nurse. He has always had a passion to care for others and help them heal, especially after growing up in a neighborhood with plenty of health inequities.
“I joined the healthcare field to be the best advocate for my patients, and seeing the progress they make with therapy and rehab is why I’m a nurse,” Marcos says. “Every day, I motivate my patients to keep going and get stronger—but they also motivate me to keep being a nurse. It’s inspiring to see their dedication to healing and restoring their health.”
With his other passion for technology, Marcos also works part-time in IT. He hopes to go back to school and combine his passions with the goal of working for a healthcare software company. For his fellow nurses, he offers these words of encouragement:
“Prioritize your happiness! Too often, it is said that healthcare workers burn out due to too many hours and too many patients. The stress is not worth it! If bedside nursing isn’t your passion, there are plenty of other paths to take in nursing. Just make sure you’re content.”