Raiza Deyto Named First CU Nursing COMBAT ScholarJul 20, 2022
Growing up as a Filipino American in Milpitas, Calif., Capt. Raiza Deyto RN, BSN, wanted to walk a different path than her predecessors who gravitated to the nursing field.
“My whole life, I was drawn to healer/soldier archetype in role-playing games,” Deyto says. “I wanted to be someone who can protect and heal, but I did not want to perpetuate the stereotype of Filipino women becoming nurses. For the longest time, I thought I was going to be a doctor and go to med school instead.”
As most of us have learned, life often takes surprising detours.
After entering Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Pennsylvania in 2010, serving in the US Army, earning a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Denver in 2014, and completing an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Regis University, Deyto was certified as a nurse in 2018. In retrospect, Deyto says she couldn’t be more satisfied with how her dual career paths merged.
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