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DeSales University Dean’s List: Summer, Fall 2017; Spring, Summer 2018
• July-August 2018
Clinical Internship – Children’s ER (180 hours) Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown, PA
• May-June 2018
Community Health Nursing (90 hours) Various sites in the Lehigh Valley, PA
• January-May 2018
Mental Health Nursing (90 hours) St. Luke’s Health Network, Quakertown, PA
Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult (90 hours) Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, Bethlehem, PA
Nursing Care for Children (45 hours) Grand View Health, Sellersville, PA
The Older Adult (45 hours) Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, PA
• August-December 2017
The Chronically Ill Adult (90 hours) Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
Nursing of the Childbearing Family (90 hours) St. Luke’s Health Network, Allentown, PA
• July-August 2017
Therapeutic Nursing Interventions (90 hours) Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
National Student Nurses Association, DeSales University Accelerating Nursing Program
American Heart Association, CPR
If you want to get to know me a little better, here’s a quick FAQ:
- Why nursing?
Well, my path to becoming an RN-BSN is a little unconventional. Let me explain: Way back when I was at that age when you imagine what you want to be “when I grow up”… I dreamt of working for a magazine. I adored running, too, if this blog doesn’t make that glaringly obvious. Come graduation with my first degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from Lehigh University in 2012, that dream came true. I landed my first job as a reporter for Runner’s World magazine, a national publication that covers all things running. In short, it was an incredible experience—I ran marathons around the country, interviewed Olympians, and got to write stories about insanely inspiring individuals. (I even wrote about whether IV drips spiked with toradol are good for race recovery!)Now, where does nursing fit into all of this? About four years ago, I met my boyfriend (at a group run, naturally) who had just graduated from nursing school. As we got to know each other, I learned more about the life of a newly minted RN. Without realizing it initially, I found myself bugging him to explain the purpose of a medicine was or why he decided to do a certain intervention with a patient. I had zero background in anything medicine-related nor had I ever even taken an A&P course, but I found myself fascinated by his stories. All I knew was that I wanted to know more, to speak the language, to not feel clueless when he’d remark about a patient who came in with a “triple A.” Couple this newfound intrigue with a past experience witnessing a running relay teammate rush to the aid of a stranger seizing near us at a restaurant, and there I was, contemplating a major career change. I also admired how meaningful and fulfilling the work seemed. Who wouldn’t want to help people for a living? I decided to take the plunge. Talk about a MAJOR detour for this runner.Fast forward two years, and I haven’t looked back. Now I’m donning scrubs three times a week with just a few months left of the accelerated nursing program at DeSales University. Even though it’s a complete change from my past life, it feels right. And I love it. I find myself thrusting my hand in the air at every opportunity to do a new procedure or work with a patient who has a unique diagnosis. I actually enjoy finally figuring out the etiology behind a disease, which says something if you consider my otherwise lifelong aversion to the sciences. I haven’t regretted the decision for a second, which surprises me because I thought I’d found my lifelong dream job at Runner’s World. For me, that fact affirms that nursing is what I was meant to do. Now I can’t wait to truly catch my stride as an RN and start making a difference in the lives of my future patients.
- What kind of nursing do I want to do?
Usually, I’m a put-all-my-eggs-in-one-basket kind of gal. But with all honesty, I’ve enjoyed every unit where I’ve had clinical experiences. I started on two medical-surgical units, and I easily fell into the flow of the floors’ steady, constant pace. I also appreciated the variety in patient population and the chance to learn a robust set of skills. Then I moved on to OB. Simply put, witnessing my first vaginal delivery was a true highlight of nursing school, and the build-up to that climactic moment was thrilling. For our acute illness rotation on a rehab unit, the complexity of each patient drew me in. Then the ED’s fast unpredictability seems like a perfect crash course for a new nurse. And even though I was apprehensive about my psychology rotation, it’s proven to be an ideal opportunity to hone my therapeutic communication skills. That said, if I had to decide tomorrow, I think I want to work with kids. In both my OB and pediatric clinicals, I found myself smiling constantly. Sure, the “tiny humans” come with their own set of challenges, but they are, more often than not, pure fun.
- Where do I see myself in 5 years?
Because this new career path is still so new, it’s hard to predict exactly where I see myself in 5 years. But that unpredictability is exciting. Regardless, I’ve spent the entirety of nursing school picturing myself transforming into an RN after graduation, speaking the language fluently. I know it won’t happen overnight, but I’m looking forward to the day when I finally start to get my feet under me so I can focus on being the nurse who makes a lasting impact on her patients. I aspire to be like the nurses I’ve shadowed who make it a priority to make their patients’ day a little brighter, who do everything in their power to make sure they advocate and care for their patients to the best of their ability. I hope to be like them in 5 years.