Joliet Junior College recent graduate Kamil Tomaszek enrolled in JJC night courses while attending Romeoville High School during the day, making him the college’s first nursing student with such a schedule.
Tomaszek, a first-generation college student, said that, while taking classes as a high school freshman, he enrolled in his first JJC course, psychology. That would lead to a certified nurse assistant (CNA) certificate.
He worked as a CNA Rosewood Care Center and AMITA Glen Oaks Hospital before turning to JJC’s nursing program . After finishing a few prerequisites, Tomaszek was accepted into the program the fall of his senior year of high school.
“While many of my high school peers would attend school functions or spend time together, Tomaszek said in a news release from Joliet Junior College, "I would be at home studying for my upcoming exams or I would be at work.”
“Learning how to stay organized on top of all nursing school assignments, clinical rotations, exams and seminars in addition to high school and my work schedule was difficult. However, once I had a routine made up, it became easier to stay ahead of all the assignments and studying."
Tomaszek finished in the top four percent of his high school class and served in National Honor Society. He graduated from Romeoville High School in May 2018.
His clinical instructor, Julio Santiago said in the news release, “He came prepared to clinical with a smile, willingness to learn, and demonstrated excellent skills as a student nurse. He demonstrated compassion, caring, and empathy with his patients,” said Santiago.
JJC nursing instructor Kathleen Wolz, said in the news release, “I had Kamil during his 48 hour preceptorship and the nursing staff at AMITA Presence St. Joseph Medical Center loved his enthusiasm, his knowledge and his ability to critically think,” said
Tomaszek plans to work as a registered nurse (RN) in an intensive care unit (ICU) after he graduates.
He also started working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) last fall through the JJC and Lewis University RN to BSN partnership. He is expected to earn his BSN in May 2020 and plans to continue his education from there.
JJC Nursing Instructor Gina Hulbert said that Tomaszek is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. If it wasn’t for one of Tomaszek’s good friends, Hulbert wouldn’t have known how incredible his story was.