The flashing lights. The adrenaline. The ability to save someone’s life.
Tony Malmquist ’19 was both a firefighter and an EMT in high school and college. He loved being able to help people in different scenarios.
“Being an EMT really got me interested in the medical field, said Tony. “I liked being an EMT and a firefighter because it put me in a position to help people when nobody else really could.”
After Tony graduated from high school, he enrolled at SUNY Cortland. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, but something was missing. Tony moved to Corning and enrolled in SUNY Corning Community College’s nursing program.
“When I moved to Corning I was told by many people that SUNY CCC’s nursing program was the best one in the area,” said Tony. “My favorite part is getting to be in the HEC (Health Education Center) with all of the resources and new technology. We’re getting experience with the technology early on, which is really important for our future success.”
Tony wants to be a nurse because he wants to help people, and because he likes the fact that the opportunities are endless.
”I really like the fact that you can do so many things with one degree,” said the Cincinnatus, N.Y., native. “There’s a job for everyone is nursing.”
Tony recently accepted a position as a critical care nurse resident at Guthrie Robert Packer hospital in Sayre, Pa.
“With my background as an EMT and a firefighter, I am more drawn to critical care,” said Tony. “That, and being in the ICU will teach you a lot of skills that you can use in every area of this field.”
According to Tony, the most important thing a nurse can do is advocate for their patients.
“As a nurse, you always have to put your patient first and do everything you can to make them better,” said Tony. “You have to make sure they are getting the best care possible.”
Tony is looking forward to starting at Robert Packer in July.
excited to start gaining real-world experience and to become the best nurse I can be,” said Tony.