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Former Peace Corps volunteer and Nurse of the Week Logan Marx has “two passions and they don’t intertwine very well, so I’m choosing to follow both of them.” While he finishes his last semester at University of South Florida Nursing School and prepares to enter critical care nursing as a Coverdell Fellow—a special fellowship for returning Peace Corps members—Logan also works with children at a community program for expanding health education among Tampa’s migrant population.
Of the children’s program (at the Wholesome Community Church in Wimauma), Marx says, “From the start, I wanted to focus on kids because I just love working with them. One thing the Peace Corps does well is the training stage where we focus on understanding our community and the population we’ll be working with. When we find out what’s really happening and where there are holes, we can help them fill. [In Wimauma] we’d been doing health screenings and fairs with adults, and I noticed they’d put the kids in another room and have them color or something. I realized that’s where we need to focus.”
A native of Dallas, Texas, Marx feels at home in Latinx communities: “I had this incredible Spanish teacher who just gave me a love for the Latino culture. That opened my eyes to the possibility of studying abroad during college, which I did, which made me desire to know more, learn more, and experience more growth.” His background served him well after he joined the Peace Corps and worked in Guayaquil, Ecuador for three years. The experience in Guayaquil also inspired him to go into nursing: “Ecuador was my way of getting 2,000 hours of clinical experience. My whole experience in Ecuador completely changed my perspective on health care, and that’s what made me decide nursing was the route that I wanted to go,” he says.
Marx is eager to begin working as an ICU nurse after he graduates, but he hasn’t forsaken his other “passion.” In addition to noting that “ultimately, I think a Masters in Public Health would be great,” he also dreams of one day returning to the Peace Corps as an overseas director. For now, though, nursing is Logan’s ruling passion. According to USF Nursing News, “On his first day of clinical visits at Tampa General Hospital, he met a woman from the Dominican Republic who was preparing to have her leg amputated. He was able to converse with her and her family in their native language, and that seemed to make all the difference, for her and him.” As Marx says of the experience, “It just reassured me that nursing is the right path.”
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