Meet the 2010 Awardees
For more than 20 years, Raymond Austin Nation has lived with a life-threatening illness that is accompanied by pain and ongoing fatigue. However, this re-entry student has pushed himself to rise above these obstacles to live his dream of furthering his education in nursing and become the first in his family to attend college. In fact, in preparation for returning to school after 25 years, Austin learned how to use a computer. Currently, he is pursuing a graduate degree in nursing with a concentration in nursing leadership at CSU Fullerton, where he started the Nursing Students Association.
Austin is also in the Graduate Assistant in Areas of National Need (GAANN) – Clinical Teaching and Research Scholar Fellows Program and was selected for the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research at UCLA. He volunteers as a community health educator for AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, is vice president of the Cypress Civic Theatre Guild and is involved in numerous professional nursing associations.
Austin plans to obtain his PhD and become a faculty member in a college or university setting.