Destined to Become A Registered Nurse: Savannah Lester

Becoming a nurse was a natural next step for Savannah Lester, RN. She began her health care career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). During her four years as a first responder, she realized that while many things are often out of our control, she could make a difference in patients’ lives on their worst day. So she decided to continue her health care career at Sierra View Medical Center’s Emergency Department as a Monitor Tech in 2019. Soon, she began taking classes toward becoming a Registered Nurse at San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia.

Savannah graduated nursing school in December 2020 and started working as an RN at Sierra View’s Emergency Department earlier this year. She is part of the Vizient/AACN™ Nurse Residency Program at Sierra View Medical Center, where she will be guided, supported, and mentored through evidence-based best practices and curriculum.

“I am looking forward to all of the support and the learning experiences I will gain,” says Savannah. She chose Sierra View for the nursing residency program and because she already loves working in the Emergency Room here. “I’ve really built a relationship with the people in the emergency department over the last two years, and I like the people that I work with. I knew that this is where I wanted to be to further my education because I would have the support that I was looking for,” she says.

Savannah grew up in Porterville and continues to enjoy living in the community she helps care for. When she is not helping to save lives or comforting patients, she enjoys crafting. Her latest projects include leatherworking and beading.

Currently, the Emergency Department team is looking for new team members. Whether you are a new nurse or an experienced nursing professional, Sierra View has opportunities for career growth at the heart of Central California’s South Valley region. To learn more and apply, visit

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