Setting Goals Helps Cristy Segura, Who Has a Disability, Reach Her Dream Job
Miami, FL – When Cristy Segura sets her mind to something, she always finds a way to follow through – and it’s that perseverance that has led to her success. “When Cristy has a goal, she won’t give up,” says her Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselor, Olga Ramos. “She says she can do it, and she can.” VR helps people with disabilities get or keep a job.
Cristy, who has emotional and learning disabilities, first came to VR as a college student looking for the support necessary to achieve her dream of becoming a registered nurse (RN). During her time in school, VR helped cover the costs of tuition, books, and transportation, allowing Cristy to focus completely on her education. She earned her Associate of Science degree at Broward Community College in 2013, and moved on to Florida International University to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015.
Cristy is now employed as an RN at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, where she cares for patients who are critically ill. Cristy enjoys providing treatment, but it’s the personal aspect of nursing that she loves the most. “I like the caring part of the job,” she says. “It’s not just caring for the patients, but also for the families that visit. I like that I get the chance to build those relationships.”
Olga isn’t surprised by Cristy’s success in her career. “Working with Cristy was like working with a professional, from the very beginning,” she says. “She is always on top of everything, and she always has a goal in mind.”
Cristy is goal minded even in her spare time. When she isn’t working, Cristy attends nursing conventions and has even taken up a hobby that she never expected to enjoy outside of the classroom – reading. “During school, I never thought I would miss those nursing textbooks, but I do,” she admits.
In fact, she misses them so much that she has made plans to further her education. Cristy is currently studying for the GRE so that she may attend graduate school and pursue her Master’s degree in anesthesiology. Olga has no doubt that Cristy will succeed in these future plans. “Cristy has come so far and she still has more goals,” she says. “She’ll make it happen.”
Cristy’s success is not only a testament to her own determination, but also a positive example for any employers who might be wary of hiring people with disabilities. As Cristy says, “everyone should be given an opportunity. I’m doing well in my job. You don’t know what people can do until you give them a chance.”
Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. The employer-focused website, https://abilitieswork.employflorida.com/, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 90 offices across Florida, and last year helped 5,760 Floridians with significant disabilities get or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit http://www.Rehabworks.org.