Always the Provider, Never the Patient

I have been interested in the medical field as far back as I can remember.  Always wanted to be nurse and take care of others.  I always wanted to be the provider and never the patient.  Who wants to be “sick” or hurt?  It’s always better to be the one that can make everything “all better” and "kiss the boo boo", right?  Well, what I didn’t realize is that I would become a long term patient and undergo lots of testing and surgeries growing up.  I was born with a hole in my heart (atrial septal defect with cleft mitral valve and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and things were about to dramatically change for me. Growing up, I remember being somewhat of a shy and quiet little girl.  I enjoyed playing with my friends and doing all the fun things kids liked to do, but I would tire easily and just not be able to keep up with the physical activity that a 5 year old should.  I underwent successful open heart surgery at age 6 and essentially became a “normal” 6 year old enjoying life as a child should. 
Flash forward 11 years, I was a junior in high school and was introduced to Central Nine Vocational school (C9) and the medical field.  I already knew I was interested in the medical field, but C9 and the instructors there just reinforced that and the desire I had for wanting to do something that could possibly impact others lives in a positive way.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but I gained many life skills being involved in C9 and HOSA.  I became very active in HOSA and competed in state and national competitions both years I was at C9.  I truly enjoyed the whole process that lead up to the competitions at both levels.  It gave me the opportunity to meet so many new people from all of the United States that all had very similar goals to what I had for my life.  I gained confidence and knowledge that I needed to go out into the work force and be successful in whatever career I chose.  I had courage to open up and try different paths that I may not have before.  Team work and respect not only for co-workers, but for the people I was caring for.  I continued my education and went on to obtain my radiology license and utilized it in an emergent care facility where I worked for about 5 years. 
The skills I gained from my HOSA experience assisted in my success with the different medical jobs I’ve held.  I’ve reached many goals in the different areas of the medical field ranging from my x-ray experience, phlebotomy, cardio stress testing, and orthopedics.  I am now currently in surgery scheduling at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis and am currently pursuing my RN degree. I became a HOSA lifetime alum and have volunteered to assist in any way I may be able to.  I’m hoping to be able to influence and express my positive experience with the new incoming HOSA members.  I can only hope that they may feel as accomplished and motivated to continue to learn and impact other in a positive way. 
Wendi Osborne-Wright
Indiana HOSA Alumus