(EDITOR'S NOTE: The "U CAN 2" campaign has set a goal to trigger interest in local Native American's wanting to obtain a higher education in the medical profession.
There is a tremendous need for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists throughout the reservation. "U CAN 2" hopes to cultivate medical professionals from Rez youth in order to fill needed positions with Native Americans throughout the Navajo Nation's medical facilities.)
Veronica Granger, daughter of Billy Tsosie and Marie Tsosie, graduated from Tuba City High School and continued her education at Northern Arizona University, earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.
She now works at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation as a registered nurse in the recovery room and short stay surgery unit. She has been a nurse for five years.
Veronica said that it seemed logical to return to Tuba City where she was born and raised because she has family here. She said wants to raise her kids close to her family and has no desire to leave.
When asked what she likes about her job she said, "I love caring for my patients. Every day is a new challenge and there is always something new to learn."
Granger said, although she was a teen mom, her parents and many other people encouraged her to pursue higher education. She acknowledged that obtaining a BSN as a single parent was difficult, but definitely attainable.
Looking back over the experience, she said, "It can be done, if you have the desire and the will."
Take that first step
Anyone interested in becoming a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, x-ray technician or medical lab technologist, please contact Lt. Stephen D. Navarro at 928-283-2710 or Lt. Shannon Newland at 928-283-2598.
(US Public Health Service Lt. Stephen D. Navarro is nurse recruiter at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.)