Trujillo and Martinez inspire each other

Denise Trujillo and Sammy Martinez

Close friends, colleagues and fellow students have bonded the relationship between Denise Trujillo '07 and Sammy Martinez '07.

Both work full-time in the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Emergency Room and take part-time classes at Adams State College in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

"When I get discouraged and want to give up," Trujillo said. "Sammy says, 'no, we are going to do this together.' He's my motivator."

"Denise's experience in management has helped me with certain classes," Martinez said. "She's reviewed my resume and helped me to set goals and objectives."

Martinez also works one day a week at the Veterans Center in Monte Vista and Trujillo is a single mom of a ten-year-old son.

Trujillo is the director of the ER and oversees the Alamosa and Costilla counties ambulance services.

"Oftentimes the week consists of more than just forty hours," Trujillo said. "With additional meetings and other obligations it can turn to fifty to sixty hours a week."

Trujillo credits her family with helping to make all the responsibilities possible.

"I have good support from two sisters who help watch my son," Trujillo said. "I am family oriented and it is very important for me to spend time with my son so I'm there to help with homework and projects."

This next semester both Trujillo and Martinez will start the clinical phase of the program.

"It is going to be really hard," Trujillo said.

"We will have to log in one hundred and sixty hours of clinic for the semester," Martinez said.

They both are looking into going out of the country to fulfill some of those hours.

"I would much rather go to Honduras and help the less fortunate for a week or two," Trujillo said. "It would be an ultimate experience and gratifying to be of service to others."

She said she would like to bring her son along if possible.

"As part of the registered nurse training we participated in medical surgery and patient contact," Martinez said. "Now we need to add the community health aspect. In a country like Honduras we would be working with a trained physician helping to set up clinics."

Martinez said the experience in Honduras is not something a nurse gets to do everyday.

They both are planning on finishing their degrees by December 2007.

"I am happy Adams State College has this program," Trujillo said. "There is now way I could have commuted out of the San Luis Valley or relocated."

Trujillo knew she wanted to be a nurse from the time she got her tonsils out.

"I was about five or six years-old," Trujillo said. "The nurses were so mean. One even told me if I didn't stop throwing up she was going to give me a giant shot."

Since that time she was determined to take care of people and always be nice.

"I stress to the nurses, 'treat everyone the same whether rich or poor,' everyone deserves respect," Trujillo said.