Junior nursing student Bradley Moody tests a colleague’s blood
glucose level during his time with the Nursing Apprentice Program
at White Plains Hospital this past summer.
My experience at White Plains Hospital (WPH) was nothing short of incredible.
This summer, I worked two, three-week rotations – my first in the Emergency Room and the second on the 5F, or oncology, floor. I was hired there (yes, hired with pay) into their Nurse Apprentice Program for the summer to assist the nurses and nurse technicians in their daily duties, while observing their work.
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!”
When heading off to college, you know your life is about to undergo a big change. You don’t know how big, or where it will take you. It is the experiences in college that make you a better person. In my time here at Mount Saint Mary College, I have grown and changed as a person from the major I chose, the friends I’ve made, and the team I’ve played on.