An Interview with Daynelys Fuentes, Nursing Student

We love nothing more than sitting down with healthcare workers and learning all about their experience in their field, what makes them do what they do, and of course their experience with Gales®. 

Recently, we sat down with Daynelys Fuentes, a nursing student, mom, and Gales® student ambassador to learn more about her medical experience thus far.

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Daynelys and I'm a Mom and a full-time nursing student currently in my second year of an associate program at Miami Regional University. I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami in 2013. And let me tell you, it's been quite the adventure! 

Fun fact: almost everyone in my family are nurses including my husband. We like to joke that we have the 'nurse gene' - it must be in our DNA! But seriously, nursing is my passion and I'm so grateful to be able to pursue my dream while also being a mom. It's not always easy, but it's so worth it.

What first sparked your interest in pursuing a medical career?

It all started when I realized that I wanted to help people in a way that was more than just a Band-Aid solution. I wanted to get to the root of the problem and help people heal from the inside out. That's when I knew that nursing was the career for me. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years from now I hope to be working as a mental health nurse with people of all ages. I want to be able to help them through their mental health journey and provide them with the support they need. 

What hobbies/passions do you have outside of school?

Outside of school, I enjoy creating content that educates people about mental health and the realities of nursing school. Some days I feel like a superhero, and other days I just want to hide under my blankets. But I keep going because I know that my followers are counting on me to be their source of information and entertainment (@day_inscrubs).

How do you find time for/what do you do to prioritize your mental wellness? 

As a nursing student and as a mom I make sure to take time for myself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. I know that taking care of myself is essential to being able to take care of others.

Lastly, why do you love Gales®?!

I absolutely love my Purple Gales®! I'm a sucker for anything that makes my life easier, and these shoes do just that. They're comfortable enough to wear all day and easy to clean. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great pair of shoes!