A dedicated learner and compassionate caregiver
Almost daily, for many months, Thuan showed up to the International Institute of Minnesota with her bright eyes and bustling energy, prepared for another day of studying.
“After I move here, I don’t know how to begin,” Thuan said. She signed up for multiple Institute classes. “I begin learn English, speaking, pronunciation class.”
She and her husband arrived from Vietnam to join their son, who moved to America 15 years before. It didn’t take Thuan long to seek opportunities to learn.
Aside from English classes, Thuan also enrolled in the Institute’s Dietary Aide and Housekeeping trainings. She quickly became known among her teachers as a dedicated, hard-working student who went out of her way to make others feel special by celebrating birthdays and bringing special treats. Her caring nature comes as little surprise, considering Thuan’s past as a midwife in Vietnam.
“I like to be a midwife because I enjoy taking care of mother and baby. I’m very happy when I see happy smile of mother after birth,” she said.
Prior to her arrival in Minnesota, Thuan had shifted her career into work as a hospital nursing manager, overseeing 13 clinics and 200 employees, including nurses, midwives and technicians. She also spent a year learning Japanese and taking care of seniors at a nursing home in Japan.
Now, she’s redirecting her motivation toward one of her biggest challenges yet – life in the United States. It’s a challenge she’s navigating with support from the International Institute of Minnesota.
“I am very busy, but I will try to keep going. At night I often check email and do homework. At the end I am very happy I finish,” said Thuan.