By Susannah Waite
Mary Jane Graves, nursing senior stays even busier, adding cheerleading and pom to that list.
“I chose OCU because it was the only school that allowed to do cheer and nursing,” Gaves said. “I also didn’t want to be in Kansas, where a lot of people I knew were going.”
Graves interest in nursing has evolved since she was younger.
“When I was little I really wanted to a pediatrician, but later I realized I have a passion for nursing,” she said.
Nursing school has been a positive experience for Graves thus far, she said.
“I really love the amount of support from professors, and there are also really great students going through the program with you,” Graves said.
Graves has been participating in clinicals since her first semester in the nursing school program.
“It’s a little nerve racking, because you don’t want to mess up,” she said.
The students also have simulations and medication check offs, which help prepare them for clinicals and real world experiences.
“We learn to assess people, which is important, because you will be assessing some four to five times a shift,” Graves said.
At this time, Graves is applying for summer internships.
“Some places do hire nursing interns for the summer,” Graves said. “I’ve been applying, but there are very few nursing internships.”