Nursing externship holds special significance for Keizer University student

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For Alanna Waugh, a junior at Keizer University, the opportunity to join her classmates as an outpatient nurse at HCA Florida JFK Hospital holds special significance.

Diagnosed with a benign myxoma tumor in 2021, Waugh plans to undergo surgery to prevent the potential for clotting and arrhythmia and is grateful to have the opportunity to care for others facing similar challenges. “Having experienced firsthand the stress and pain that comes with heart disease, I will be able to identify closely with patients while helping to initiate standard processes and protocols after heart surgery and other cardiac procedures,” said Waugh, a bachelor’s degree. learner in the nursing program who added that she was also grateful to gain additional hands-on experience before graduation.

Student clerkship opportunities for Waugh and her Cohort 5 classmates at Keizer University’s flagship campus also cover the intensive care unit and emergency department at HCA Florida JFK Hospital while serving a precursor to its Star RN paid special apprenticeship program which offers new graduates the opportunity to start their careers with specialized training in acute care.

Nursing program faculty member Dr. Dorean McLaughlin is thrilled that the group can benefit from this additional learning experience. “It is truly impressive that all students have been offered clinical positions and is a testament to the high quality preparation that Keizer University offers its students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program,” she said. adding that she was grateful for the hospital’s support in providing opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge in a clinical setting. “In the Cardiovascular Unit, they will learn and improve their critical thinking skills, focused assessment and rapid intervention, reading rhythm strips and recognizing arrhythmias with medications that would be offered to stabilize patients for outcomes. positive. In the emergency department, the same level of critical thinking and assessment will be required, along with a faster pace and flexibility to adapt to patient triage across all areas of treatment protocols due to admission constant and the largest number of patients,” she added.

Traditional graduates of Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be prepared to provide compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally competent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in diverse settings . Use evidence-based knowledge and skills related to wellness, health promotion, illness, disease management, and end-of-life care to improve health care outcomes. They will practice in partnership with patients and family members as well as leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, using the latest healthcare technologies for positive patient outcomes.

Keizer University junior Alanna Waugh will join her classmates as an outpatient nurse at HCA Florida JFK Hospital.

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