Trek From Chile Leads to Life of Nursing

When Pablo Montoya came to the United States from Chile in 1999, he was eager to do something great; he just wasn’t sure what path to take. Twenty years later, he beams as he shares his journey of becoming a nurse.

“I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew I wanted to do something that would make a difference,” said Montoya, RN, emergency room nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “I had to start from the ground up and acquired my G.E.D. and then attended the vocational school here in Cabell County.”

Montoya served as an Emergency Medical Technician for Lifeline Ambulance Service when he began feeling the passion of nursing wash over him.

“We would bring patients to the hospital and I would watch the care and dedication of the team and I’d think to myself, ‘that’s what I want to do’ so I applied for a job at Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH),” Montoya said. 

Montoya began his career at CHH in 2005 as a patient care assistant. He decided to go back to school and obtain his licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree and continued his studies to become a registered nurse.

“As soon as I became an RN I began working in the ICU float pool,” he said. “I enjoyed working there and providing care to the most critical patients.”

Over the last year, Montoya transitioned to the Emergency Room at CHH and says it’s the best move he has made.

“I love what I do, you wear many hats here,” he explained. “One minute I am caring for a two-month-old baby and then I turn around and treat a 90-year-old. We not only care for the patient, but we also care for the families who are with them. Many are anxious and nervous and scared and we are there to offer comfort and often take on anger and frustration. But that’s our job, that’s what we do. And when that one patient hugs you and says thank you, you’re reminded that what you do does make a difference.”

Montoya said what he loves the most is the teamwork among the different areas that contribute to patient care.

“It takes everyone from all areas of the hospital, like Lab and Radiology, nurses and doctors and unit clerks and housekeepers, to take care of the patients we see,” he said. “We are a close group and offer support to one another to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes.”

When asked what he would tell those considering a career in nursing Montoya said, “Just do it! It will be the best decision you will ever make. It is very rewarding.”


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