Sibling Rivalry Develops Out of Passion for Careers in Health Field

Brittany Quick and her brother, Wade, are on similar paths to success in the health field. Both have taken advantage of the education available at CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus.

May 11, 2018
 

CHICKASHA – Brittany Quick has been somewhat reluctantly following her older brother Wade’s footsteps for much of her life.

When faced with a career pursuit, she admits that she followed him yet again.

Brittany Quick, 18, is a soon-to-be graduated senior at Tuttle High School who also just completed Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Health Careers program.

Wade Quick, 20, is a 2016 Tuttle graduate who also took Health Careers at CV Tech and then re-enrolled in the school’s post-secondary Practical Nursing program.

Wade Quick is still slightly ahead of his sister’s career progress, but she is hot on his heels.

A huge perk is that neither has paid for tuition. CV Tech offers free tuition for students under age 24.

Additionally, both Quicks also took the required Test of Essential Academic Skills (or TEAS) at no cost. Passage is a necessary part of the admissions process for attending nursing and allied health schools nationwide.

The CV Tech Foundation pays the $67 cost of the TEAS test as an incentive to keep health careers-minded students on course. Students also are eligible to go through a brief tutoring process that will help them review basic reading and math skills at CV Tech’s KEYS (Keep Elevating Your Skills) Center.

Both Quicks have grand plans.

Wade Quick is on track to finish the Practical Nursing program by Spring 2019. He worked last summer at INTEGRIS-Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City as a nurse tech. Now he admits he is making more money than most of his friends while working as an Advanced Certified Medication Aid (ACMA) in the skill unit at Grace Living Center in Chickasha.

He is three classes shy of completing an associate degree. He plans to finish and then pursue a Registered Nurse degree at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC). Ultimately, he wants to complete a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of becoming a family nurse practitioner.

Brittany Quick’s plans are only slightly different. After passing the state board exam for Licensed Practical Nurse at CV Tech, she wants to complete an online nursing bridge program to finish Registered Nurse degree requirements.

“I am wanting to do anesthesiology but from the nursing background,” she said.

She will seek to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), who works closely with physicians to administer anesthesia before, during and after medical procedures.
 
Wade Quick is carefully monitoring the steps being taken by his younger sibling and helping her to avoid pitfalls.

“We’re the very first in our family to go to college,” he said. “For me, I like helping people. What I am trying to be is about the only job I can really help someone to their fullest potential.

“To be there on somebody’s worst day in their life and help them is very satisfying to me. And a lot of times, you will be there on the very worst day of somebody’s life.”
 
Brittany Quick believes in helping people too, and she sees a high demand career as something she can do for the rest of her life.

But she almost did not follow her brother to CV Tech.

“I thought I’m not going to go there, because Wade went there,” she admits. “But I saw how he excelled, and I wanted to do better than him.”

She was president of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) student leadership organization. She also served as a CV Tech Student Ambassador, which is a leadership development program similar to Student Council, and is a National Technical Honor Society member.

Wade – not to be one-upped in the sibling rivalry – reminded his sister that he was also a state runner-up in Clinical Nursing at the state HOSA contest.

The Quicks are prime examples of students from area schools who enrolled at CV Tech and got involved. The result for both has been a jump-start of the careers of their dreams.

“You can say what you want, but in the end when it comes time for graduation, look where I’m at,” Brittany Quick said. “My resume is longer than most of my peers who chose not to attend Canadian Valley.”

Wade Quick added said a hands-on education is much preferred.

“There are many RNs that come out of college, and all they have is their bachelor’s degree,” he said. “They are book smart, but they don’t know what to do next or where to turn to get a job.”