- High School: Binghamton, Class of 2009
- Major at OCC: Nursing
A family medical scare set Hannah Rhodes on her career path when she was just 15 years old. “My niece was born with one collapsed lung and needed to be transferred into the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). She spent a couple of weeks there. Seeing the nurses take care of all of these babies who couldn’t live for themselves was very admirable. It really flipped a switch in my brain to gear my education and career toward something medical.”
Rhodes’ passion for a career helping others stayed strong. When she turned 18 she started working in the emergency room at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton and has been doing so ever since. She works Saturday-Sunday-Monday shifts twice a month assisting nurses, gathering vital signs, transporting patients within the hospital and making sure everyone has what they need. “I’ve really loved my time in the emergency room. It’s something different every day.
About four years ago Rhodes’ fiancée got a job in the Syracuse area and the Binghamton natives moved north. Rhodes began taking classes at OCC while continuing to work weekends at Lourdes Hospital.
In December 2015 during the semester break, Rhodes traveled to Guatemala as part of a service-learning trip coordinated by OCC Nursing Professor Lee Berg. During the 10-day stay in Guatemala students educated Guatemalan’s on numerous health-related topics. “The experience really took selfless nursing to a new level,” said Rhodes. “Being down there, seeing what they didn’t have, understanding what we were able to give them and seeing the joy they got from it is something I will never forget.”
Rhodes will earn her Nursing degree from OCC in October. She plans to transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her career goal is pediatrics. As for her niece whose health condition inspired a career, all is well. She is 11 years old and in perfect health.