Kent M. Haina ’14 ’18, who earned his Master of Science degree from the Nurse Anesthesia program, has always loved human physiology, connecting with people, and working with his hands. As a nurse anesthetist, the Chicago native saw the opportunity to combine all three. What’s more, he says, “Nursing also seemed like a great way to contribute to the world.” Now living in New York City, Haina hopes to bring his skills and passion for the field to a major academic medical center, while also continuing his nursing education.
Kent is a Nurse Anesthesia Alumni Scholar.
Why did you choose Columbia Nursing?
I chose Columbia for its impressive faculty and student body. I knew from my first visit that the school wasn't just educating nurses, but also future leaders, scholars, and advocates in healthcare. That was exactly the type of community I wanted to be a part of.
What did you gain from your education at Columbia Nursing?
My Columbia education gave me the opportunity to expand my idea of what a nurse can do. It made me a solid clinician and allowed me to do things I never dreamed possible.
What are you passionate about, and how has being a student at Columbia Nursing allowed you to follow that passion?
I am passionate about policy, advocacy, and education. The faculty have been very supportive by identifying opportunities to help me develop my role in government and education, including connecting me with my state senator and mentoring me.
What’s the next step in your career?
I hope to start working at a major academic medical center in the New York City area in the fall, and to start my doctorate in the next three to four years.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time at Columbia Nursing?
My favorite memories are the times I spent collaborating with and learning from my classmates. I will also never forget my trauma rotation at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center. I got to see and do things that I will probably never experience again in my career, and the entire staff couldn't have been more welcoming, patient, and committed to educating future clinicians.
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