This week, our SON ambassadors interviewed fellow nursing students to share more about their experiences within the SON.
I [Katie] interviewed Gabi Smith, a senior nursing student here at University of Portland. Overall, Gabi says her experience at UP has been great! She says she was lucky enough to study abroad to Austria during her sophomore year, which she felt was a great experience. She’s happy UP offers semester study abroad programs that are available to nurses, while still being able to accommodate the rigorous schedule of nursing students within 4 years.
Gabi says she’s met a lot of incredible people – both friends (mainly me!) and faculty – that she hopes to keep in touch with after graduation. She says they have made her experience “one to remember!”
Gabi said some of her favorite classes were anatomy lab and pharmacology. She feels fortunate to have been placed at incredible clinical sites where she has learned a lot of skills, become more confident, and more independent. Through previous clinicals and courses, she feels prepared going forward into her career, and is excited about her future. Gabi hopes to pursue Pediatric nursing and work in the Bay Area near her family.
Nathan Lynch 19’
Experiences of being in nursing school:
“Not to sound anticlimactic or anything, but the school of nursing has been quite a life altering experience. I used to think of nursing as a job where I would show up to the hospital, care for people in many ways and apply my love for science in the clinical setting then go home and resume ‘life outside the confines of the hospital.’ Over the course of my time at UP I have come to realize being a nurse is not only a job. In pursuit of being proficient in my nursing school studies, it has transformed my outlook on life, mannerisms, values and goals. I realized this vocation is not something restricted to the confines of the hospital; it is a transformative process that affects all aspects of my life. It’s a process I am very grateful for.”
“I set my sights on nursing in high school after my brush with Lymphoma, when I spent a good amount of time in the hospital for chemotherapy. I was intrigued with the treatment process, intricacy of the disease, and I was beyond appreciative of the care they provided and how they made me feel. I could only hope one day to make somebody feel the security and love they imparted to me.”
“For many reasons. I feel the rational I would use now to decide which school would be different than when I initially applied. I would choose UP now for reasons I overlooked prior to college, however, my reasoning prior to attending included: small private school with a great reputation, nationally ranked, provided many resources, UP’s location was very enticing as it is in the Pacific Northwest, their NCLEX pass rate was high, and everybody I had talked to had positive things to say.”
Best experiences of nursing school
“Meeting, interacting and developing relationships with fellow nursing students and professors. I may not remember everything I learned in nursing school 15 years from now, but I sure as heck will remember the laughs and memories I have made in the beginning when learning what being a nurse is all about.”
“Sometimes taking other classes that a double major or additional minor require become challenging during junior and senior year when clinical rotations begin, as there can be conflicting schedules.”
Interviewee, Kris Nguyen, is a junior nursing student here on campus.
What has/have been your best experience(s) in the School of Nursing?
KN: Anatomy and anatomy lab. The cadavers showed a real life example of what we were learning at the time and being able to hold real organs was really cool to me. I also LOVE LECTURE CAPTURE.
What has/have been your biggest challenge(s)?
KN: Physiology was a little too in-depth and confusing at times. I still enjoyed learning the information but it was hard to study for and kind of discouraging at times. I’m glad they combined anatomy and physiology for the future classes. I think that will make the learning process a lot smoother.
What’s your favorite thing about UPSON?
KN: We have really good professors that are knowledgeable in their field and are passionate about sharing it with us. They are more than willing to help and meet with us, as well. It’s a very welcoming and friendly environment. Also, I’m super excited about simulation starting and being able to use the new mannequins!