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VN Alumn Sotelo Living Dream in Brownsville Clinic

Friday, June 6, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

SoteloWhen Rodolfo Sotelo was ready to quit, the faculty at Texas State Technical College didn't let him.

"I got to a point where I thought I was too old to stay in school," said Sotelo, a graduate of the Vocational Nursing Program at TSTC. "I spoke to my instructors and told them I was ready to quit. But they talked me out of it and made sure I stayed on course to finish."

Sotelo was a member of the inaugural graduating class for the VN Program in 2010 and is now in his fourth year as the Pediatric Nurse Supervisor at Su Clinica in Brownsville and is on course to complete his Registered Nursing Degree.

"I'm glad they talked me out of it," Sotelo, 39, said. "They made me see that it was just a hurdle and that I had potential to be a nurse."

Sotelo is a 1993 graduate from Lyford High School and prior to returning to TSTC, he worked as a medical office manager for a doctor's office from 2003-09.

"The doctor and his wife always encouraged me to go back to school but focus on the patient side of the business," Sotelo said. They said I would better serve people if I took care of patients instead of being in charge of billing and collections."

So Sotelo enrolled in 2009 and completed the VN Program a year later. He immediately got hired at Su Clinic and has been a member of their team ever since.

"The faculty was very helpful in preparing me and showing that they truly cared about my success," Sotelo said. "I am forever grateful to the staff and faculty at TSTC for the opportunity that was given. If it wasn't for TSTC, I wouldn't be in the position I am now."

Today Sotelo oversees the daily operations in the pediatrics wing at Su Clinica and has one nurse and two medical assistants under his watch.

Sotelo said that when he gets a chance to talk to students, he reminds them that even when the journey seems long and weary, they need to stay focused on the prize at the end.

"I tell them that if I can make it, they can make it too," Sotelo said.

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