Rashell Sugiyama in front of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
By LACEY WHELAN
ROCHESTER, MINN. — Rashell Sugiyama recently moved to Minnesota to start her career as a registered nurse working at the Mayo Clinic.
The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota, focused on integrated clinical practice, education, and research. It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists, along with another 58,400 administrative and allied health staff.
Sugiyama is 27 years old and lived most of her life in Pocatello. After graduating high school, she continued on to Idaho State University 2014-2017 where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in May of 2018. After graduation, she said she delayed jumping right into work in the medical field, and decided to take the summer off and visit her Dad’s country Palau.
Rashell Sugiyama practices CPR.
Sugiyama said it was her Mother KaiLee Brower, who is a CNA, and also is the one who inspired Sugiyama growing up.
Her earliest memories of her mom working was when she would be going to visit her at the old Bannock Regional Hospital where her mother helped take care of patients. She recalls waking up before the sun came up to go drop her mom off at work and visiting her for lunch in the hospital cafeteria.
She also remembers trick or treating on Halloween on the geriatric floor where her mother worked as a CNA. Early on, Sugiyama knew she wanted to work in the medical field and take care of people the way that her mother did. She says it was her mother who instilled a great work ethic in her.
She said the reason why she chose the Mayo Clinic to work was the spring before she graduated, she heard about a nurse residency program, which was offered to new graduate nurses at the Mayo Clinic. It’s a program designed to help new grads during their first year as nurses. She said, “It’s an amazing institution and stands for everything I believe about patient care. After I first heard about it, I knew that was where I wanted to go after graduation.”
Sugiyama said the beauty of nursing is there are so many specialties and paths your career can take. She used to feel the pressure to rush and get a graduate degree but she has come to the realization that she would like to take her time and get her feet wet in bedside nursing before moving on to something such as being an Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner.