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Ines Ramirez' path serves others, honors brother

He motivated me to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse. And not just an average nurse, but an outstanding nurse.

Ines Ramirez has wanted to be a nurse since high school. The student at National Park College in Hot Springs began her journey in the Medical Professions program of her high school in January 2015.

In her application to nursing school, Ines wrote she chose nursing as a career because she “wants to contribute to saving lives.” It was a goal she had hoped to pursue alongside her brother, Jamie Ramirez Santiago.

Sadly, it wasn’t to be. At around midnight May 9, 2015, her 22-year-old brother was killed when a vehicle he was riding in crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle. Eight other people who were passengers in the vehicle were hurt, including Ines, who sustained life-threatening injuries.

Ines not only recovered, she pushed through her injuries in time to start the semester with her classmates. Over the past two years, she hasn’t slowed down and is soon to bring the dream of becoming a nurse into reality.

Along the way, Ines was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and served as the Beta Lambda chapter president of Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. Once she graduates from NPC and takes the National Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing, she will begin her first nursing job in the Intensive Care Unit at National Park Medical Center, the same unit where she was a patient two years ago.

That would be enough for many people, but Ines isn’t one to become comfortable in her calling. She also plans to attend UAMS’ online RN to BSN program where she will complete her bachelor of science in nursing.

Ines’ peers and instructors describe her as an inspiration. For her part, Ines sees her late brother in the same light.

“He motivated me to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse,” Ines said. “And not just an average nurse, but an outstanding nurse.”


Nursing Notes

“Find sources for enthusiasm and seek out self-care techniques that work for you. Construct 1-year, 5-year and 10-year plans!! Think of nursing as a career, not a job.”

Sheila Stroman, Ph.D., RN, asistant professor
University of Central Arkansas, School of Nursing
Years in Nursing: 40


Sheila Stroman, Ph.D., RN
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