Sammy Kumar has turned his childhood loss into his life’s mission and is heading to Children’s National Hospital for labor.
During his four years at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Sammy Kumar demonstrated academic and clinical excellence, made lifelong friends, helped organize a virtual student exchange in nursing in Miami and Japan, and even led an a cappella singing group. (he’s a baritone).
As a senior, he also served as president of the University Chapter of the National Association of Nursing Students. Kumar, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in public health, reflects on how he found light in the tragedy, what took him from Calabasas to Coral Gables and where he is heading after the onset .
What made you want to be a nurse? My mother died of cancer when I was 11. Her nurses were amazing and were the part of her treatment that really had the power to shed some light on the situation. Specifically, I was inspired to become an oncology nurse, and it is a part of my life that I would like to dedicate to my mother. Working in nursing has made me feel empowered and connected with my mother. I’m happy to be so passionate about nursing, and I’m excited to use that passion to connect with my patients and provide the best possible care.
Coming from California, why did you attend UM? I chose the University of Miami because I was very impressed with the nursing school facilities and knew it would be a safe place for me to grow up and be myself. after my father [Sanjay Kumar] saw nursing school he said if i wanted to be a nurse he couldn’t imagine i would go to a better school than here.
What were the highlights of your time here? I am so happy to have been able to connect with my cohort of nurses and make friends who I know will be a part of my life forever. I was also very happy to see myself becoming more and more confident in the clinical setting after each rotation I completed. I particularly enjoyed my last clinical internship at USIP [pediatric intensive care unit]where I cared for so many cute children and where I really started to feel independent in my abilities to practice as a nurse.
What are your post-graduation projects? I will be moving to DC to become a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s National. I discovered that I really liked working in a children’s hospital setting. I’m super excited to work in a field that is very special to me and to have fun with the kids!