Niagara University Nursing Student answering call to duty
Chelsea Raymond, RN, a student enrolled in Niagara University's RN to BSN degree program and a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserve, was deployed for a three-month assignment overseas on Jan. 8. It is Raymond's fourth deployment as an airwoman with the 914th Airlift Wing, which is stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base in the Town of Niagara.
Raymond has served eight years in the reserves as a member of Aircrew Flight Equipment personnel, those responsible for enhancing aircrew performance through the proper equipment integration of humans and aircrafts. Having attained the rank of E-6, she is already recognized as a teacher and leader among her colleagues.
But recently, while attending the Air Force's Survival School, Raymond developed an affinity for another fulfilling military career “ nursing.
My grandfather was a prisoner of war during World War II, and the experiences that I had during ˜Survival School' made me realize what he might have endured, she explained. Interestingly, this training gave me a whole new outlook, and I wanted to do something in the Air Force that involved directly assisting military members, which was nursing. Studying at Niagara University is one of the steps toward achieving my goal of becoming a nurse in the Air Force.
Raymond joined the military to secure the financial resources necessary to attend Niagara, while enlisting also afforded her the opportunity to travel abroad and do something new. She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in nursing, a path that will not be compromised by her deployment since her NU professors are allowing her to continue her studies from afar. Raymond will join her stateside classmates via the
Internet, thus ensuring that she will remain on track to graduate within the timeframe that she originally planned.
Our decision to support Chelsea's educational needs was immediate and unanimous, stated Frances S. Crosby, Ed.D., RN, director of Niagara University's Department of Nursing. While she is away protecting our freedom, we can and should support her in any way that we can.
If all goes as planned, Raymond will be become the latest of many Niagara University graduates who are serving the nation as nurses of the United States Armed Forces.
To learn more about Niagara University's nursing program, call 286-8155 or go online to www.niagara.edu/nursing.
More information on the many ways that Niagara University supports military veterans and their families can be obtained by contacting Robert Healy, veterans services coordinator, at 286-8341 or by visiting www.niagara.edu/veterans.