Difficult. Intense. Rewarding. These are a few of the words used by students to describe the nursing program at Anderson University. This summer, Anderson University junior nursing major Emily Readle is experiencing the rewards of her hard work through an internship at Mayo Clinic, one of the top hospitals in the nation. As a referral institution, Mayo Clinic introduces students to innovative research and the latest nursing techniques.
Having the highest NCLEX rate in the state of Indiana, the AU School of Nursing and its students have earned a reputation in the medical field. Once graduated, students soon see the rewards of their training and education. “I have come to realize how fortunate our school is to have access to SimMan and our Pyxis machine. Because of the technology we have, I was much more confident going into the clinical setting,” said Readle.
[Photo: Emily Readle, pictured during a Tri-S trip.]
AU's SimMan®®, SimChild, and SimBaby® allow students to practice real-life situations they will encounter in the hospital. The SimMan® is a realistic mannequin that provides students the opportunity to test the advanced life-saving skills they learn in the classroom. With 1,400 different cardiac rhythm variations and many other features, the SIM family is the closest nursing students can get to working with a real person.
At the Mayo Clinic, each nursing intern has a primary unit they will work on; Readle is working on a unit for pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation. It is an intensive outpatient program, and she is doing procedures similar to those she learned with the SimMan® and Pyxis equipment. “These tools are so valuable to our education and have allowed us to experience many situations that we may not see in the clinical setting,” said Readle. “We have learned to respond to serious situations without the risks of anyone being harmed.”
Dr. Karen Williams, dean of the School of Nursing, expressed confidence in Readle's success as an intern and future nurse. “She’s a very driven individual with a passion for learning. She pushes past issues and goes further than other students. She searches out the answers thoroughly.”
As students go on to work in hospitals and complete internships, their faith will shine a light in the dark situations of death, sickness, and pain. “One thing I believe to be unique about the School of Nursing is the faith aspect. In healthcare, it is easy to get caught up in the sadness of disease and death, but by incorporating our faith, we can find and share hope,” said Readle. “I enjoy that the program teaches about treating the patient as mind, body, and spirit. In order to be healthy, there needs to be a balance of all three, instead of a focus solely on physical health.
“There are so many different options within nursing, and it is a field that allows you to continually learn and grow,” Readle continued. “Every time you talk to a patient or their family, you have the potential to make their day better or worse. My hope is that I will be able to make someone’s day a little brighter.”
— Kristen Schaap is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in communication arts. Schaap is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.