I'm A Nursing Major Because Every Single Patient Has An Impact On My Life, I Just Want To Help Them Live Theirs

I'm A Nursing Major Because Every Single Patient Has An Impact On My Life, I Just Want To Help Them Live Theirs

There's nothing else I'd rather be doing with my life.
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I was thirteen years old when I really experienced death for the first time. My grandfather was diagnosed with an awful neurodegenerative disease when I was young and over the years I watched him decline to the point where he was unable to do almost anything by himself. He was admitted to a long-term care unit in a small hospital where he would spend his last days. It was awful having to watch my grandfather slowly turn into a completely different person from the disease.

All I remember wanting was to be able to help him in some way. I watched nurses assist him with the most basic daily living activities like brushing his hair, taking him to the bathroom, and feeding him, but I also saw them set up his IVs and give him medication. I could not believe how much of a difference these nurses were making in my grandpa's life. I remember wondering how the nurses could be so smart and know so much about how to take care of my grandpa.

From that moment on I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

I won't lie to you and say that I have never questioned my decision on becoming a nursing major. Because let me tell you, when it's 4 a.m. and I have to roll out of bed for clinical, after only getting three hours of sleep since I spent all last night studying for a huge exam later in the week, I have 100% questioned why I chose the nursing life.

There are also some very hard days at clinicals that make me wonder if I can handle such a difficult profession. No matter how many times I am exposed to it, I don't think death will ever get any easier for me. Finding out your patient has died is one of the absolute worst feelings when you're a nurse.

There have been many times when I have found myself holding back tears while at clinicals. While many of those times I am holding back tears of sadness, there are also wonderful times that bring me to tears as well.

Watching a family cry and hug one another in rejoice because their loved one's condition has improved and being there for a child's first breaths are a couple of the amazing and wonderful experiences that have nearly brought me to tears. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on my patient's lives.

And while they may not know it, each and every single one of them has left an impact on my life as well.

So while nursing may be stressful, difficult, draining, exhausting, antagonizing, etc... (it's April and tests and projects are piling up so the the list could honestly go on and on) there is no other major or profession I would rather be in!

Cover Image Credit: Abigail Clayton

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?
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Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.

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So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?

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Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?

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And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?

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Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?

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What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.

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Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?

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What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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