Son's surgery leads Deisy Corales to Tri-C nursing degree
December 14, 2016
Deisy Corales gave birth to her son, Kameron, in July 2011. Then she watched for nearly three months as nurses cared for Kameron following surgery to insert his out-of-place intestines inside his body.
“What they did…it was amazing,” Corales said. “They saved his life.”
They also changed hers. Watching the miracle of medicine day after day convinced Corales to become a nurse. She enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College in 2012 and will graduate Thursday with an associate degree in nursing.
She intends to transfer to Cleveland State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree through the RN-to-BSN Nursing Continuum between the two schools. The 25-year-old from Elyria said she’d eventually like to earn a master’s degree.
Corales said she wants to work in cardiac care to help heal patients in the most critical of conditions.
“Nursing is not just a job — it’s my life,” said Corales, who is Puerto Rican and Mexican. “I love what I do and I have a strong passion for it. I love seeing the outcome of my patient going home and getting better."
Corales said she juggled job and family responsibilities while becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. She said the encouraging atmosphere at Tri-C’s Westshore Campus in Westlake helped her overcome many obstacles.
She took advantage of programs such as Bridges to Success in the Sciences, which prepares underrepresented students for science careers. Corales worked on a biochemistry project on molecular research for cancer through the program.
Her time at Tri-C also included a rotation at the Cleveland Clinic, where her career journey began with the birth of her son five years ago.
“I’ve learned so much since then,” Corales said, “and I’m ready to make a difference.”