Volunteer experience turns into lifelong passion and career path
Nikki Warstler works part time in Goshen Hospital’s Emergency Department, after serving for years as a volunteer. She is applying to medical schools to become a doctor.
Nikki Warstler knew she had an interest in medicine when she was a teenager. For years, she had listened to her mother, Susan, talk about her routine as a nurse assistant in the Day Surgery unit at Goshen Hospital. Warstler wanted to find out for herself if a career path in health care was right for her.
Warstler followed her mother into Day Surgery as a volunteer after school and during summer breaks. Five years later, she not only continues to volunteer, she is employed in the Emergency Department and is applying to medical schools in hopes of becoming a doctor.
“You see so much as a volunteer,” she said. “It’s helped me realize that I have a real love for medicine.”
Warstler also appreciates the important role volunteers play in hospital programs. Her first tasks included setting up rooms for new patients, stocking supplies and helping patients get ready for discharge from the hospital.
“Nikki understands the big picture,” said Karla Beasley, Director of Volunteer Services. “She is a key trainer for our summer volunteer program geared for nursing and medical school students or people interested in the healthcare field.”
Warstler considers her volunteer work a big part of her education. She earned a scholarship from the Goshen Hospital Auxiliary that helped pay for tuition her first year at Bethel College. Now a senior, Warstler volunteered to provide medical services to an underserved area of Guatemala as part of a Bethel College task force.
“Volunteering has helped me find my true passion for health care,” she said. “There’s truth in the saying, ‘do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’”
Goshen Health needs volunteers. Ideal candidates are comfortable talking to people, in good health and able to volunteer for four hours a week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To find out more, contact Karla Beasley, Volunteer Director, at KBeasley@GoshenHealth.com or (574) 364-2633.