ALL IN THE FAMILY (OF NURSES)

Nursing Graduation 2013-Family of Nurses, Natalie Cintron, center, mother , left and sister, JessicaSuccess Story:

ALL IN THE FAMILY (OF NURSES)

When Carmen Cintron graduated from the New Community School of Practical Nursing in 2007, little did she know that two of her daughters would follow in her foot steps.

During the school’s Capping and Pinning ceremony held on July 18, 2013, this proud mother was beaming as her daughter, Natalie, 23, completed the rigorous program that prepares one to become a licensed practical nurse, or LPN.  Also participating in the ceremony was Natalie’s sister, Jessica, 26, a current nursing student at the school scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2014.

“I’m excited and so proud of my daughters,” said Carmen Cintron, a native of Puerto Rico and mother of four who now works as health coordinator for the Head Start Community Program of Morris County.  “It was challenging for me because I was working fulltime and going to school at the same time. If I did it, anybody can do it,” she added.

Natalie Cintron was among 82 graduates of the Class of 2013 who wore the traditional white nursing uniforms during the ceremony held at the New Community Neighborhood Center. Her family members, including parents, sister and other relatives, presented her with a bouquet of flowers and balloons afterwards.

“When I got out of high school, I was not really sure what I wanted to do at first,” she said.  “My mom told me about the (nursing) school and how much she liked it and so I decided to try it out. I realized I really liked helping people.”

Because science was not her strongest subject in high school, Natalie Cintron said she really had to “focus” to get through the rigorous, 14-month curriculum.

“It was tough, but I think Ms. Boddie teaches it so well, we are able to understand,” she said, referring to Ellen Boddie, the school director and lead instructor.

As Natalie now prepares to return to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, her mother said she will continue to be there to support both of her daughters.

“She definitely is a big role model,” Natalie Cintron said, with her sister echoing the sentiment.