Clinical Application Trainer
"IT HAS TO START WITH ATTITUDE"
Fast fact: Nieto’s favorite cartoon growing up? Tom and Jerry.
As a trainer, Gabriel Nieto must always be focused and up to date with the newest techniques and systems in electronic health records software. Gabriel knows the importance of a positive attitude, a worldly perspective and motivation in order to serve a community. Prior to becoming a clinical application trainer, Nieto thought that he would remain a member of the military for most of his life, but he is now studying for his master’s degree and is looking forward to the travel opportunities his future holds.
NYN: HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN YOUR FIELD?
GN: I myself am a veteran, so that is somewhat how I got into the agency. Throughout that time we didn’t have a director, so a lot of the responsibilities as far as data entry and system setups were referred to me. Throughout that I set up a good relationship with the person in charge of the department, and I gained more interests towards that. She then asked me if I was interested in a training opportunity, so that’s pretty much what shot it all off, and now it’s just an interest that keeps growing.
NYN: DESCRIBE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF.
GN: Completing my bachelor's degree was a huge accomplishment for me. At one point I only saw myself doing 20 years in the military, and I just decided to switch the plan around. That’s something I am very proud of.
NYN:WHAT CHANGE WOULD MOST HELP THE INDIVIDUALS YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVES?
GN: A lot of it has to start with attitude. If we are able to provide, get motivation and not focus too much on the pressures, we can be more focused on spreading a good work environment. Work is always going to be a part of life, so if we can do it with a good attitude and focus more on resolving issues, that will make the world a better place.
NYN: WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’D LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH BEFORE YOU RETIRE?
GN: I would like to visit every continent, for just personal reasons. Things that come along with my time in service, I really enjoyed being able to travel. I was stationed in an aircraft carrier, so being able to see the world just gives a better perspective. I have been to three continents so far.
NYN: WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR JOB?
GN: It’s fast paced, it’s constantly changing and it is challenging. For people like us, sitting behind a desk, it is easy to disconnect from the overall goal, or the mission that we are serving as part of the agency. It really is fast paced and it can be really fun.