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First off, my name is Antonio Gutierrez and although male nurses may not be the norm, I find that a career heavily involved in helping people heal is just as rewarding as any other traditionally male job. I am trying to gather the needed funds to cover tuition, books, equipment and etc. for an 18 month program that will provide me with the needed skills to become a Registered Nurse and continue on to become a Family Nurse Practitioner! I know what your thinking, "Why don't you work hard and take out loans like everyone else?" I have and I am. I am asking for assistance to cover the cost that the loans will not cover and for help with books/equipment (used). I also work part-time but heck, if you know any hospitals that are willing to hire a nursing student, send me an email because I will work the shifts nobody wants.
 
For me, getting into nursing is something of a life transition. I'm leaving my old ways, which were heavily involved in Information Technology, Gaming, Tech Toys, and other things that rarely brought joy to people other than myself. Part of this transition means getting rid of everything in my old life so I can focus purely on my new goals, helping other heal so they can enjoy their lives too. Part of that goal means assisting at exotic places like Haiti, Mexico, and locally so people who can't help themselves will get needed medical care. I already have a path set for Haiti and Mexico but if anything comes to mind where they have need of an RN, let me know.
 
Because of this new path of life I decided that for every dollar donated by an individual I would count that as one entry into a raffle for my prized possession should the target amount (9800) point be met. My prized possession is an 8-Core Xeon Computer that is water cooled. It has an 120 gig HD as the boot drive and a 1TB Storage drive for programs. I also have a 3rd SSD thats is 60GB for programs that need to be run quickly. The graphics card (made available by a very generous person) will be a GeForce Titan 6GB which will handle anything you can throw at it, replacing the GTX 550ti 1GB that was in it previously(But if you want that too I don't mind). It has most of the bells and whistles like a dvd burner, front usb ports, esata port, and audio port. I can give further details if anyone wants. So that's that, 1 dollar equals 1 entry into the raffle if the goal is met. Somebody wins a prize, and someone (me) gets to heal people :)

So let me tell you a little back story: When I was younger, I saw something most 13 year old kids seldom witness. I, along with my younger brothers, was present when my mother’s heart had failed while riding in our family car. In that instant the only instinct I possessed was to call 911 in an emergency, so as soon as I snapped out of my paralyzing fright I instructed one of my brothers, Jimmy, to make the call. Jimmy bolted out of the car and into a nearby 7-11 to call for help but I sat there feeling helpless because all I could do was call out to my mother, hoping that she would wake up. I felt the icy chill of adrenaline slicing through my veins each moment as time began to slow down. I hopped out of the car and began to call out for help, hoping that someone nearby would know what to do. It seemed like only seconds had passed when an African American woman ran up to me, introduced herself as a nurse, and sprang into action. She began checking for a pulse but couldn't find one so she lifted my mother, who was very obese, out of the car and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. By this time an ambulance had arrived and their team took over, eventually taking my mother swiftly to the hospital.  Sadly, a very short time passed since the incident and my mother slipped away from complications. It still pains me to this day that my mother died; however had it not been for the actions of that nurse, my mother would have died right there on the street and I would not have had a chance to say goodbye. It was shortly after these events that I decided I wanted to be that person, who knew what to do in an emergency. Not only to possibly save someone life, but to also put into place preventative measures so someone doesn't have to go through what I went through. 

In order to reach this goal I attempted to attend college for quite some time after graduating from high school. However, there was and still is a huge financial hurdle I needed to adapt to. I tried attending Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College to get started on my education but this proved to be a little too much to handle while working 2 or 3 jobs. I had to put my dreams on hold until one day when I heard an advertisement on the radio about Inter-American College (Now known as United States University). I was unsure about how I would work and go to school at the same time but it seems fate has a funny way of making things happen. I had gotten laid off shortly after hearing the advertisement. For some this would be the beginning of a season of depression but for me it was a season for change. Rather than sit there contributing nothing to society I decided that I would go to school full-time at USU, filling up the days and weeks with classes, sometimes taking 4 or 5 classes at a time in order to try and finish the first portion of my goals. Things never go according to plan however and as my finances began to suffer I had to adapt and make changes to my way of life as my wallet became tighter and tighter but I eventually completed my Bachelor of Science in Health and readied myself for more hardship in order to see this goal through. Today, I am in the first stages of Nursing School with a graduation date 17 months from now. After that, I re-enroll into the higher tier program in order to become a Nurse Practitioner. Besides working part time at the school, and doing odd jobs on the side I love the classes and I am soaking in everything. However, I am not sure how I am going to be able to finish if I can't pay tuition costs and get my first set of books. That's where I need your help.

 
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Even though I can't pay my tuition right now, I do still have a little bit of time to make this happen so in the meantime I am still allowed to go to clinicals. I had my first clinical this past Tuesday. The patient that was assigned to me has MS. At first I thought I would be a little scared of how to act around them but then I realized that this person has already been through all the sadness and disappointment of having this awful condition so nothing I could do would be a shock to them. What surprised me however was the completely positive can-do attitude of this person and how they interacted with their family, the nurses, and me. To be honest, it was kind of inspiring. I made it a point to check on this person every 15 minutes to ensure that she was not in pain, and could get help right away if need be. On another note, I got to "observe" the ER for about 10 minutes to see what it was like. All I can say it wow, the people working there should be wearing capes. 5 minutes into the tour and there was a Gunshot wound victim that WALKED into the hospital. I cannot give any specifics but this guy was lucky believe me. As soon as he came in people sprang into action and did their jobs 100%. I can't wait until I can go back to clinical, I am hungry for it.
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Even though I can't pay my tuition right now, I do still have a little bit of time to make this happen so in the meantime I am still allowed to go to clinicals. I had my first clinical this past Tuesday. The patient that was assigned to me has MS. At first I thought I would be a little scared of how to act around them but then I realized that this person has already been through all the sadness and disappointment of having this awful condition so nothing I could do would be a shock to them. What surprised me however was the completely positive can-do attitude of this person and how they interacted with their family, the nurses, and me. To be honest, it was kind of inspiring. I made it a point to check on this person every 15 minutes to ensure that she was not in pain, and could get help right away if need be. On another note, I got to "observe" the ER for about 10 minutes to see what it was like. All I can say it wow, the people working there should be wearing capes. 5 minutes into the tour and there was a Gunshot wound victim that WALKED into the hospital. I cannot give any specifics but this guy was lucky believe me. As soon as he came in people sprang into action and did their jobs 100%. I can't wait until I can go back to clinical, I am hungry for it.
I have been trying to spread the word to no avail. Does anyone have suggestions?
Thank you Petter Stene! You made my day!
Thank you to our early contributors!
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I added a little incentive to the campaign :) A raffle! Everybody likes raffles right?
Antonio Gutierrez just edited the campaign.
I tweeted Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, and Joseph gordan levitt with this link. Maybe, just maybe, the link will spread and many people will see it.
Thank you Renee and Elizabeth for your contribution! 
Thank you to our early contributors!
Day 1: Let's see how this goes...
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First off, my name is Antonio Gutierrez and although male nurses may not be the norm, I find that a career heavily involved in helping people heal is just as rewarding as any other traditionally male job. I am trying to gather the needed funds to cover tuition, books, equipment and etc. for an 18 month program that will provide me with the needed skills to become a Registered Nurse and continue on to become a Family Nurse Practitioner! I know what your thinking, "Why don't you work hard and take out loans like everyone else?" I have and I am. I am asking for assistance to cover the cost that the loans will not cover and for help with books/equipment (used). I also work part-time but heck, if you know any hospitals that are willing to hire a nursing student, send me an email because I will work the shifts nobody wants.
 
For me, getting into nursing is something of a life transition. I'm leaving my old ways, which were heavily involved in Information Technology, Gaming, Tech Toys, and other things that rarely brought joy to people other than myself. Part of this transition means getting rid of everything in my old life so I can focus purely on my new goals, helping other heal so they can enjoy their lives too. Part of that goal means assisting at exotic places like Haiti, Mexico, and locally so people who can't help themselves will get needed medical care. I already have a path set for Haiti and Mexico but if anything comes to mind where they have need of an RN, let me know.
 
Because of this new path of life I decided that for every dollar donated by an individual I would count that as one entry into a raffle for my prized possession should the target amount (9800) point be met. My prized possession is an 8-Core Xeon Computer that is water cooled. It has an 120 gig HD as the boot drive and a 1TB Storage drive for programs. I also have a 3rd SSD thats is 60GB for programs that need to be run quickly. The graphics card (made available by a very generous person) will be a GeForce Titan 6GB which will handle anything you can throw at it, replacing the GTX 550ti 1GB that was in it previously(But if you want that too I don't mind). It has most of the bells and whistles like a dvd burner, front usb ports, esata port, and audio port. I can give further details if anyone wants. So that's that, 1 dollar equals 1 entry into the raffle if the goal is met. Somebody wins a prize, and someone (me) gets to heal people :)

So let me tell you a little back story: When I was younger, I saw something most 13 year old kids seldom witness. I, along with my younger brothers, was present when my mother’s heart had failed while riding in our family car. In that instant the only instinct I possessed was to call 911 in an emergency, so as soon as I snapped out of my paralyzing fright I instructed one of my brothers, Jimmy, to make the call. Jimmy bolted out of the car and into a nearby 7-11 to call for help but I sat there feeling helpless because all I could do was call out to my mother, hoping that she would wake up. I felt the icy chill of adrenaline slicing through my veins each moment as time began to slow down. I hopped out of the car and began to call out for help, hoping that someone nearby would know what to do. It seemed like only seconds had passed when an African American woman ran up to me, introduced herself as a nurse, and sprang into action. She began checking for a pulse but couldn't find one so she lifted my mother, who was very obese, out of the car and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. By this time an ambulance had arrived and their team took over, eventually taking my mother swiftly to the hospital.  Sadly, a very short time passed since the incident and my mother slipped away from complications. It still pains me to this day that my mother died; however had it not been for the actions of that nurse, my mother would have died right there on the street and I would not have had a chance to say goodbye. It was shortly after these events that I decided I wanted to be that person, who knew what to do in an emergency. Not only to possibly save someone life, but to also put into place preventative measures so someone doesn't have to go through what I went through. 

In order to reach this goal I attempted to attend college for quite some time after graduating from high school. However, there was and still is a huge financial hurdle I needed to adapt to. I tried attending Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College to get started on my education but this proved to be a little too much to handle while working 2 or 3 jobs. I had to put my dreams on hold until one day when I heard an advertisement on the radio about Inter-American College (Now known as United States University). I was unsure about how I would work and go to school at the same time but it seems fate has a funny way of making things happen. I had gotten laid off shortly after hearing the advertisement. For some this would be the beginning of a season of depression but for me it was a season for change. Rather than sit there contributing nothing to society I decided that I would go to school full-time at USU, filling up the days and weeks with classes, sometimes taking 4 or 5 classes at a time in order to try and finish the first portion of my goals. Things never go according to plan however and as my finances began to suffer I had to adapt and make changes to my way of life as my wallet became tighter and tighter but I eventually completed my Bachelor of Science in Health and readied myself for more hardship in order to see this goal through. Today, I am in the first stages of Nursing School with a graduation date 17 months from now. After that, I re-enroll into the higher tier program in order to become a Nurse Practitioner. Besides working part time at the school, and doing odd jobs on the side I love the classes and I am soaking in everything. However, I am not sure how I am going to be able to finish if I can't pay tuition costs and get my first set of books. That's where I need your help.

 
 
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