Tyler Rorah has mastered the art of using time wisely. By day, he works full time as a nursing assistant at University Hospital on the pediatrics floor. In the evenings, he attends class at Columbia College.
It can be stressful to juggle his commitments at times, but, ultimately, Rorah has negotiated a system that allows him to get his work completed at the hospital and at school.
“It’s hard, but you’ve got to work ahead, and that’s how you do it,” he said.
Rorah said he chose nursing because he wanted a career that would bring new challenges each day. Working with young patients is fulfilling for him because they keep him on his toes.
“Every day is different,” he said. “You have to have a lot of patience working with kids, a lot of patience, but I’ve always been good with kids.”
His daily duties allow him to meet and help many people around the hospital, and Rorah has become the go-to guy for finding supplies the nurses and doctors on the pediatrics floor need.
“I kind of know where everything is,” he said.
Working with children who are ill is hard, Rorah said.
“You get attached to some of the kids,” he said. “Getting attached to them that pass is probably the hardest thing.”
There are perks to Rorah’s job besides getting to wear comfy scrubs. Watching children leave the hospital to return home is something he finds particularly rewarding, he said.
“Seeing kids here for months and months at a time, and then they get to walk out, you feel like you made a difference in their life,” he said.