For June we’re getting to know an awesome ER nurse that has made a great impression with everyone he’s worked with. Meet Cedric Lara! Cedric loves to travel and has actually given us advice on some must go-to spots! He let us know of a wonderful winery in Cali, that his recruiter had to visit. Cedric is a hard working empathic nurse and we’re proud to have him on our team.
Get To Know Cedric
1. Why or how did you get into nursing?
By my mid-twenties I still had not decided on a permanent career path but I had dabbled in some other areas. I wanted to have a career that I was passionate about but didn’t want to get stuck in an office cubicle or be obsessed with the “bottom line” for shareholders. My uncle had advised me to stop thinking about the job and concentrate on my attributes. I went down my list: public interactions, working and thinking on my feet, empathy, cooperation with a team and the ability to adapt easily to new situations. After that I still didn’t know what I wanted though but while driving with friends on the freeway in Los Angeles we were stuck behind a pretty terrible accident. As we passed the wreck I saw two covered bodies on the freeway and then it struck me in the gut…..Emergency Medicine. Enrolled myself the next week and never looked back or regretted my decision. This will be my 6th year as an Emergency RN.
2. Do you have any advice for future nurses?
For nursing school students learn your learning style and stick with it. 40% of your text book is fluff. Ask your instructors any question you might have no matter how asinine you think it may be, the answer could save a life one day. During school don’t forget to nurse yourself also. You won’t effectively care for others is you’re a wreck. And, no matter how little sleep you got, how stressed you are over your grades, family, significant other, money, remember the reason you got into this mess is for the people that NEED you to take care of their well-being. Don’t lose your empathy.
3. Favorite travel location and why?
I am proudly a California native and without a doubt the California coast is some of the most stunning scenery in the USA. But my most eye opening travel experience was when I backpacked the Balkans (not Baltic). I love learning about History and I am obsessed with a book called “Balkan Ghosts” which deals with the political, ethnic, cultural, hostility and Imperial histories of that region. I was extremely happy to learn that the people, cultures, landscape, wine and FOOD was amazing! I can’t wait to take my wife so she can experience it.
4. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Be a Jedi. Duh!
5. What are some of your hobbies?
I’ve played electric guitar since I was in high-school. I’m not a professional by any means but I still take one out and jam out for a few hours. My wife and I are becoming pretty enthusiastic antiquers and yard sale scroungers. I love to search for books that I probably won’t read. I enjoy mountain biking when I can motivate myself to pack it up and go.
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