Employee Giving Campaign: Gretchen Ruiz Supports the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Excellence Fund
Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. This month’s employee is Gretchen Ruiz, unit manager of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.
Talk to almost any alumni of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and they’ll tell you about the ways Gretchen Ruiz helped them on the path to becoming a nurse. Getting through nursing school can be difficult, and Ruiz has always been inspired to guide students through any obstacles they face.
Ruiz has worked at the Hunt School of Nursing since 2011, when she moved back to El Paso for a job opportunity at the school. Her inspiration to assist students comes from personal experience, as she looks back on the difficulty of getting her own college education. That’s also what encourages her continuous giving to the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Excellence Fund through the Employee Giving Campaign.
“I clearly remember being in college and not knowing how it all worked or how to get through anything,” Ruiz said. “I feel like one of the great things we do is help students navigate those waters. It can really be important. When we have students who are confused or frustrated, sometimes they just need someone there to help keep things in perspective and refocus. We get to do that throughout the admissions process and the student affairs process.”
Ruiz said seeing family members hospitalized and the good care they received brings home the importance of helping students succeed. Giving to the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Excellence Fund “is where you can really see the fruits of your donations,” she said.
“Students are going to experience that point where they are thinking, ‘Can I do this? Am I going to be able to make it? Should I just quit and walk away?’” Ruiz said. “That’s where something like this campaign and these funds can really make a difference. It provides a scholarship, or we’re able to provide tutoring or something that intervenes and puts the student back on track.
“You’re really helping not just the student or the student’s family, but the larger El Paso community, because those funds help a student who is struggling,” Ruiz said. “It tells a student that we believe in them, that they are worth our investment. It makes them believe in themselves, too. Sometimes you need that little push.”