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Robert Doheny

An Outstanding Islander

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Care Carried Forward
First Class Petty Officer Robert Doheny found his strong interest in the medical field while working as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Gales Ferry, Conn.  That’s when Doheny, a 1999 Flour Bluff High School graduate who quickly entered the Navy, decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after serving a five-year sea tour on the USS Dallas, repairing nuclear reactors. He received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Thomas Edison State College. In spring 2009 he started his taking on-line classes at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The following semester he arrived on campus and currently carries a 3.6 grade point average. On June 29 he was selected to speak at the Island Hall dedication as the College of Nursing’s student representative. Doheny says he was honored to be part of a program that included remarks from University President Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M University System representatives and state elected officials for a building which will train thousands of nurses to save lives every day. For Doheny, the best part about nursing is getting to know the patients one-on-one. He draws inspiration from his Grandma Ann and Aunt Susan, both registered nurses. In his time at the Island University, Doheny, a junior, has gained hand-on experience as a student nurse working in geriatrics, long-term care, cardiology, emergency room (ER) and the intensive care unit (ICU) at several area hospitals. He says he thrives on the rapid pace and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the ER and ICU environments. So far, he’s enjoying the spacious labs of the new Island Hall and the South Texas hospitality he has encountered at the Island University. His next plan is to join the Student Nursing Association. Doheny will graduate in August 2011, where he will be commissioned as an ensign.

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