We recently had a Q&A with BOCES Career and Technical Education alumna, Susan (Ayen) Goosic, BSN, ACM-RN from the Northwest Tech Class of 1973. Susan has enjoyed a successful career in the field of medicine. She recently shared her experience and advice she has for current students who are considering a CTE program. Congratulations, Susan and thank you for representing BOCES so well!
What BOCES program did you attend?
I attended B.O.C.E.S. program in Ogdensburg, NY. 1971-1973.
I started the L.P.N. program in my junior year of high school. I attended classes at my high school at Hammond Central School, in Hammond, N.Y. for one half day and went to B.O.C.E.S. the other half of the day. I also attended classes at B.O.C.E.S. during the summer of my junior year of high school and then throughout my senior year of high school. I believe the program was 1200 hours.
What school district were you from?
I attended K-12 at Hammond Central School in Hammond, N.Y.
What year did you graduate?
I graduated from high school, as well as from B.O.C.E.S. L.P.N. program in 1973. I was just 17 years old.
Can you describe your higher educational experience after graduating from high school?
My formal education consists of:
• EMT certification in North Carolina in 1975
• Red Cross CPR instructor certification
• Associate’s Degree in the Science of Nursing in 1984
• Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
• Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010.
• I have also obtained an “Accredited Case Manger” certification from the American Case Management Association (ACMA).
How did your BOCES program help you get to where you are today?
The B.O.C.E.S. program not only gave me an introduction to nursing, it also helped me believe in myself. Without the B.O.C.E.S program I would have never had the opportunity to pursue my dream of being a nurse. It was the foundation of who I am today.
Could you describe your work experience?
I worked at Mercy Hospital in Watertown, N.Y. on a medical- surgical unit for a little over one year right after graduation. I got married and moved to North Carolina where I worked in the intensive care unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.
In 1976, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Since being in Arizona, I have had an array of experiences. I have worked in several different hospitals in cardiac telemetry, emergency rooms, ICUs, and general medical-surgical units. I also have been fortunate enough to have been a school nurse, worked in home health care, as well as in hospice care and case management. At one point, I was a manager for a personal care division at a home health care agency.
What is your current job?
Currently, I am employed at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona as a Case Manager, performing Utilization Management within the Care Management Department. Prior to this, I worked in the same department performing all aspects of the Nurse Case Management role.
What advice do you have for current high school students hoping to follow a similar path?
Don’t give up! Your hard work and perseverance will reward you and give you the opportunity to help others.
Anything else you would like to add?
Ever since I was a little girl on my parent’s farm in Rossie, N.Y, my dream was to become a nurse. Without my parent’s encouragement I would have never pursued that dream. Without the B.O.C.E.S. program I would never have had the opportunity to pursue that dream. I am fortunate to have started my journey at B.O.C.E.S.
I have had many wonderful opportunities in the past 45 years, and have had a good number of exceptional mentors. Nursing has been my life-long work.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream, and for making a difference in the world.