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LEARNING TO HEAL
Melissa Ortiz is currently working on her master’s degree in nursing. The UTB graduate uses holistic
nursing practices in her position as staff nurse at Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville.
UTB students advance in the nursing profession with bachelor’s and master’s degrees
Melissa Ortiz’s typical work shift as
a staff nurse at Valley Baptist Medical
Center – Brownsville involves being
assigned a small number of patients
to administer wound care, medication
and pain treatment and address patient
and family concerns.
“You are present, and you are
a support person,” said Ortiz, 24.
“Sometimes that’s all the patients can
count on. You focus on the patient and
see how other interventions can be
tried and what the patient needs.”