Daysi Rodriguez, Scholarship Awardee

RN-BSN student Daysi Rodriguez earned the Montana Gray Memorial Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to help a nontraditional student pursuing a Master of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies.

Daysi gave us the opportunity to learn more about why she chose Nursing and what inspires her.

Why did you choose UW Bothell?

I’ve heard that UW is rated #2 for its undergraduate nursing program in the nation! I wanted to choose a University I knew I was going to get top notch education, holding up to its high educational standards.

Why did you choose Nursing? What/who inspired you to choose Nursing? What/who inspires you now?

At the lowest point in my life, where I had no idea how to raise a child and was without any family support. I met an inspirational nurse that taught me how to prepare for motherhood. This education was so meaningful and impactful to my life that now I want to inspire others, through teachings and education so they too as well have an opportunity to live better lives.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hunger for more knowledge, and after graduation I would like to continue furthering my education and complete my Master’s degree in Science of Nursing. I am a strong believer that with knowledge comes power, with power you can help more people.

Why is supporting the health of diverse communities important?

We are living in a time where health is deteriorating fast related to the pandemic, and all of its negative outcomes drag along with it. Communities need leaders with knowledge, and me being a Nurse in a professional practice can be of help to this community by being anything they need me to be to get them through difficult moments in life.

How do you support the health of diverse communities?

I currently work as a District nurse and I am in constant communication with families about their student health needs, or even just a resource for any questions or concerns they may have. I am their voice for their children and the bridge for better communication between families and school staff personnel.

Of your accomplishments work-wise, which are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of being able to utilize my spanish speaking abilities and communicate with families, about any questions or concerns they may have. Communication in a school setting is the biggest barrier and being able to help throughout this process is very rewarding.

How do you spend your time outside of school/work?

I am a mother of a 4th grader, and a 7month old puppy, most of my time is spent living with them and being part of their growth. I also tend to squeeze in time for myself and dedicate any free time to exercising and/or catching up with old childhood friends.

What else would you like to share with our readers?

To want a change, is to embrace a challenge, the challenge is where every day you work to do better than what you accomplished yesterday. Self growth is power.