Our Nurse of the Week is Sgt. Cesar Aguirre who, not knowing what path he wanted to take in life, enlisted as a medic in the US Army and eventually found a passion for nursing. After several years of service, Aguirre will soon be starting nursing school at the University of South Florida.

Aguirre began looking into the military during his senior year of high school. Knowing the medical field would always be in demand, he decided he wanted to become a combat medic. The first opening to become available was for a combat medic with Airborne included as well, and Aguirre decided to accept it. He left for basic training a few months later, then went on to combat medic training and Airborne School at the 82 Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After serving as a medic there from 2011 to 2015, including deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and a joint service mission in Indonesia, Aguirre began looking into what else the Army had to offer. He had enjoyed being a combat medic to 30 infantrymen but he wanted to know more about the aid he was providing.

After hearing about a program that allows service members to become an Army Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Aguirre headed to LVN school. His clinical rotations introduced him to civilian care and he fell in love with nursing, deciding to continue to pursue it.

Aguirre discovered a commissioning program that would send him to college to become a Registered Nurse and commission him as an officer in the US Army. After recently completing his pre-requisite courses, Aguirre will soon be attending nursing school at the University of South Florida to become a registered nurse.

Aguirre is a strong believer that the military experience is what you make of it and he encourages others to take advantage of every opportunity available to them. To learn more about Aguirre’s path from Army combat medic to registered nurse, visit here.

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