Nursing Student, Teaching Assistant
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I am originally from New Jersey, and was hoping to go to a school with warm weather. I was interested in the Public Health program and Tulane University's emphasis on community service, and once I visited it was love at first sight!
Bachelor of Science in Public Health 2012
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2014 anticipated
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
What do you do?
I am in an accelerated nursing program, where I will be getting my BSN in 14 months. My program consists of in class courses, hands-on labs, online courses, and two clinical rotations per week. The courses consist of weekly reading, patient assignments, group projects, and simulation labs.
What skills do you use regularly?
Time management skills are essential - some weeks we have classes or rotations 6 days per week, so it is extremely important to be on top of the workload and power through it. Because we started working with patients a few weeks into this program, people skills are a must! Other important traits include problem-solving skills, teamwork, and cooperation.
How did you get to where you are today?
These types of programs require anywhere from 4-10 prerequisite courses before applying – some of which are not offered at many colleges. I crammed these courses into a few months, and volunteered at Touro Infirmary and a children's hospital in Israel to get healthcare experience. I happened to do my applications early senior year to get them out of the way – because of this, I was able to apply to MGHIHP.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
Nursing is a profession where you will never ever be bored! I love that nursing combines Sciences with the emotional component of patient care – for me, it's a perfect mix of the two. Being able to study at the teaching hospitals in Boston is an amazing experience, and I will be able to use my background in Public Health to specialize later in my career.
Some of the cons?
Accelerated programs are completely intensive. It was definitely difficult for me to go into this type of environment directly after college when many of my friends have jobs with normal hours – I’ve had to put a lot of things on hold this year! Also, working with patients in a hospital environment can be intimidating at first until you get comfortable in a clinical environment.
What insights did you have as a college student?
Majoring in Public Health gave me a great background and helped expose me to different parts of the healthcare system. All of my experiences in Public Health helped me figure out which things were most interesting to me for the future. Even if you don't end up working in a job that 100% relates to your major, the experiences you will learn along the way will bring you different opportunities and will help you to find out what you really want to do.
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
My number one piece of advice would be to start planning early to keep your options open. I never could have gone directly to grad school if I had not planned out my prerequisite classes early with my academic advisor.
Do you have any other recommendations?
Study abroad! Studying abroad is what helped me to decide that I really wanted to pursue nursing. It will expose you to so many different valuable experiences.
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