For the love of nursing

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For the love of nursing

Savannah Upson

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In hopes to teach the class about her career, critical care cardiovascular nurse Rachel Strobel used her knowledge to educate teacher Perry Revlett’s biomedical science classes on Tuesday, April 23. At the start of her presentation, Strobel told the students about her journey leading up to becoming a critical care cardiovascular nurse.  

“When I was in college, I wanted to be a paramedic, so I did the EMT rotations and got my EMT license,” Strobel said. “I knew I didn’t want to do that either, I didn’t want to be on the streets or go into people’s homes.”  

Also using her speech as a chance to learn, Revlett joined in on the presentation. He asked her questions to further the conversation and commented when she said something interesting.   

“The heart is pretty neat,” Revlett said. “The heart is still beating during surgery.” 

Recently, Strobel had a patient unexpectedly pass away right before she was going on vacation. It took her several weeks for the thoughts of the incident to stop playing over in her head.  

“It was really hard for me because I had not had a patient unexpectedly die in probably ten-twelve years, Strobel said. “It really did affect me, and I was really upset, really sad thinking in my head, what could I have done differently?” 

Using their time to absorb the little details, students paid attention to the whole presentation. Some students learned information that will help them determine what they want to do in the future.  

“I learned that if you work in a hospital you’re paid more to work on the weekends,” sophomore Haylie Woloszyn said. “She only has to work two days a week.”