As a junior nursing major, I am currently taking Adult Health Nursing and I go to clinical weekly at the Orange Regional Medical Center. I truly enjoy my time there and feel I am able to apply my classroom knowledge in the hospital setting, like when I administer medications to patients.
Doing something new at clinical always excites me, and recently I had the chance to administer the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax for the first time. Vaccines require important paperwork and the registered nurse’s signature. Initially, the patient was not too thrilled about having a student administer the intramuscular injection, but he still allowed me to. I felt confident when I gave the injection, and afterwards, I asked the patient, “Are you alright?” He said, “Excellent job! I hardly even felt that!”
I felt so accomplished that day as I legally signed my name as the administrator of the vaccine. I can only imagine how I’ll feel when I am able to sign my name as Brianne Smith, RN.
Brianne Smith, class of 2015, is a nursing major from Belle Harbor, New York.