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Amber Mei Rambaud

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Aloha kākou, my name is Amber Rambaud, and I am a nursing student at Hawai'i Pacific University. Ever since a young age, I've carried passion for caring for others, which is why I am thrilled to carry over these traits into a career in nursing. Some specialties I am currently interested in pursuing are pediatrics, critical care (neonatal), and potentially L&D. I am also a holder of a medical assistant certification (NHA). My clinical experience has taught me the importance of communication, teamwork, and empathy, as these all bring good patient care into fruition. As a member of the healthcare team, it is important to me that I contribute to bringing a positive impact on patients' lives. I would also like to give my sincere thanks to scholarship committees in advance, for allowing me the opportunity to alleviate any financial stresses associated with pursuing a postsecondary education. Thank you for considering my application and providing this opportunity to help aspiring nurses such as myself achieve their goals.

Education

Hawaii Pacific University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Waipahu High School

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Registered Nurse

    • Medical Assistant

      2024 – Present7 months
    • Student Medical Assistant & Extern

      2021 – 20221 year

    Research

    • Psychology, General

      HIDOE STEM Capstone Project — For my project, I assessed the productivity habits of high school students using the Pomodoro Technique. By applying this technique to their studies, I aimed to encourage the benefits of applying a productivity technique to alleviate stress.
      2020 – 2021

    Arts

    • Waipahu High School Marching Band

      Performance Art
      2018 – 2019

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society: Beta Chi Omega Chapter — I was inducted into my school's chapter as a result of completing up to four (4) dual-enrollment classes, while also maintaining at least a 3.5 college GPA.
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Student (Class) Council — As a member of my student council, I had a role in providing a means for students of my class to voice their outlook on our class. This was achieved through my role in committee chairperson roles and attending various meetings.
      2018 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Health Occupations Students of America — As assistant secretary, my role was to supplement the duties of the secretary, including documenting meeting minutes, club attendance, and other officer duties.
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      The Pantry — I was a volunteer in the distribution team. I supported team members with pre-loading orders into shopping carts, and assisted in loading client orders into clients' vehicles
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Ma'i Movement Hawaii — As an event host, Hosted a period-kit making event at Hawai'i Pacific University to create menstrual kits for those in need
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Student Nurses Association (SNA) — As a student at my nursing school, I take part in volunteering opportunities to give back to my community. Some notable activities include serving as a medic for various public events.
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      National Technical Honor Society — Member
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      LEO Club — Member
      2019 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      National Honor Society — Member
      2020 – 2022

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Sara Jane Memorial Scholarship
    Darkness engulfed the morning sky as I watched my parents back out of the gravel driveway in our black 2006 Nissan Xterra. Every bit of separation anxiety built up in my 3-year-old body wept for my parents to not leave for work. My Nana held me close, warm bottle of milk in hand, hushing my cries. “Tulog ka na, anak ko (Sleep now, my child),” my Nana sighed as picked me up from our front doorstep. Alas, this weeping was just a part of the morning routine, and it was yet another day for Nana to take care of her toddler apo (grandchild). During the height of my parents’ financial vulnerability, my Nana devoted herself to upholding the challenge of taking care of me while my parents worked their nine-to-fives. Little did she know, her efforts would eventually blossom into a worthwhile passion for her toddler granddaughter. From mornings characterized by the aroma of chicken Saimin, to bubbly Johnson’s Baby baths, to afternoons spent countless hours of Teletubbies on the television; being raised by my Nana was filled with moments of bliss. Though, this didn’t make my Nana unassailable to adversities— temper tantrums, endless cluttering, careless accidents— all of these could attest to the burden that was my toddlerhood. Despite all the stress that came with nurturing a young toddler, my Nana persevered. In the years spent in our daily routine until my parents and I made our departure from my Nana’s home, I grew to admire her ability to nurture. The time and effort my Nana put into taking care of me— it was her way of sharing her love. I wanted nothing more but to be like my Nana. Unfortunately, even the most love in this world isn’t enough to overwhelm the harsh reality of aging. With every Saturday visit to Nana’s home, rheumatoid arthritis ate away at her ability to walk independently, holding the nearest wall with each step. I would crouch to her side as she rested on her plastic brown chair and I would hold her hand. It was frail, and smelled like Johnson’s baby powder— my youth spent with her is instantly brought back to me. I want nothing more but to be like you someday— someone like you for you, or another. My Nana may be facing the consequences of old age, but I know that her legacy continues to live through me: her love has guided me toward a career in nursing. During my senior year of high school, I had the privilege to study under Hawai’i Pacific Health’s Medical Assistant program. Through this program, I was able to introduce myself to the medical field thoroughly; enduring mentorship by other medical professionals (i.e. instructors, nurses, doctors, etc.), worked up to 225 externship hours in Family Practice and Women’s health, and earn a medical assistant certification shortly after graduating high school. Working in family medicine solidified my interest in working with children and their families— I cherished the challenges and the impact I can have on children’s health and upbringing. Because of my experiences and Nana, today, I diligently work towards earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Hawai’i Pacific University. Working towards a career in nursing is my love letter to my Nana. As I stand in between the present and my boundless dreams, I am determined to work towards a reality where I can incorporate my Nana’s love in my everyday career as a pediatric ICU registered nurse.