Success Story - Noah Stangebye

Success Story

Success Story - Noah Stangebye

Succeeding Even When Plans ChangePhoto of Noah Stangebye

Noah Stangebye was looking forward to the summer break when he would begin a 10-week paid internship at UCHealth Memorial Central in Colorado Springs. 

To say he was excited was an understatement. 

“This internship was only applicable for nursing students as I would have been paired up with a nurse for the summer. I would have received training and education from that nurse in regard to discharge, patient care, patient education and other things too,” he said.

While other students might be sleeping through to the noon hour, Stangebye couldn’t wait to work three 12-hour shifts a week, averaging 36-40 hour a week on the neuroscience floor. 

“I would have been helping patients who have suffered from strokes, aneurysms, brain tumors, seizures, and really anything related to the brain,” said the UCCS student who is working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
The best laid plans, as we all know now, can go awry unexpectedly and when COVID-19 hit, everything changed. 

Stangebye’s internship, along with many other internships across the country, simply vanished. 

“I was upset and a little discouraged. Here I put all this effort and time into creating my application, getting references, and conducting an interview for an internship position that I had received but then didn’t,” he said. 

“I was really looking forward to advancing and perfecting my skills that I have learned in the clinical setting during the school year. It was the perfect time to spend a summer putting in Foley catheters, IVs, nasogastric tubes, and providing patient care,” he said. 

“Additionally, I was looking forward to returning in the fall and being really comfortable working with patients and the hospital setting as a senior nursing student thanks to the summer internship that I received,” said Stangebye. 

Disappointment can be bitter pill (pardon the medical pun) but instead of wallowing in a place of frustration, Stangebye opted to reframe his thinking and keep moving forward.

In other words, he adapted. It’s what effective job seekers do when things don’t go as planned.

“I switched my thinking. Although I was really looking forward to the internship, I am happy to be home with my parents during this crazy and uncertain time,” he said. 

And Stangebye did far more than spend time with his family. He found, not one, but two jobs. 

“In the beginning of summer vacation, I was really worried that I wasn’t going to find a source of income but fortunately, I was able to find two jobs to help keep me busy and productive this summer,” he said. 

How did he manage to find employment during a global pandemic with rising unemployment rates? 

Networking and reputation had something to do with his success 

“During my high school years, I worked as waiter at the Horsefly Brewing Company in Montrose, Colorado first bussing tables and then later I was promoted to waiter.  I worked there until I started my journey at UCCS. When this change of plans happened, I contacted them and asked if there was any way that I could be put back on the schedule for the summer and they made it happen for me!” said Stangebye.

Employers like to welcome hard workers back to the staff when they are able to do so. In this case, Stangebye’s past work performance spoke for itself and facilitated his unexpected return. 

He also tapped into the power of networking as well. 

“My oldest sister is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor and Clinical Director for a treatment center and she offered me a position with her company (Advantage Treatment Centers [ATC]) as the Administrative Assistant. I work two days a week where I help individuals in underserved communities. Additionally, I organize and try to make my sister and her colleagues schedules and lives a little bit easier,” he said.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020

“I am thrilled to hear that UCCS will be returning to campus Fall 2020! It will be my last fall semester of my undergraduate degree, as I plan to graduate with my BSN May of 2021,” said Stangebye who will also be returning to campus in August as a Resident Assistant (RA).

“I look forward to creating more relationships with my residents, friends, colleagues, and professors,” he said. 

After graduation, his top priority is to pass the NCLEX exam and find a job as a nurse. 

“Ideally, I would like to get a job on an ICU or ER floor but ultimately, any job working on a floor provides me with experience. After working for a few years and gaining more experience, I might go back to school to continue my education,” he said. 

“I am looking forward to what the future holds and most importantly, can’t wait to be back on campus and in the classroom for my last year,” he said.

Article written by Janet Farley, UCCS Career Center.