Last updated on December 17th, 2021 at 12:18 pm
Working in several different roles has made Advocate Aurora Health nurse practitioner Alejandro Roldan even better at his current one, according to Advocate Aurora Health colleague Ben Hoekstra.
Starting as a certified nursing assistant at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Roldan learned from his colleagues as he worked his way through nursing school. He then applied that knowledge as a nurse on the cardiac transplant floor.
Three years ago, Roldan finished his master’s degree and became a nurse practitioner in internal medicine at St. Luke’s.
During Roldan’s 10 years with the health system, he has served as an example to the people who matter most to him, his kids, said Hoekstra. Roldan builds trusting relationships with patients so they feel comfortable talking with him, particularly Spanish-speaking patients, Hoekstra said.
“I do everything for them. I want to teach them to take care of other people, especially when people are most vulnerable,” said Roldan. “It’s important to see people of color in roles like mine.”