A Health Careers Scholarship Recipient’s Message
Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient of your scholarship! It is a huge blessing. I am honored!
The story I would like to share with you of when I have been touched by an experience within the medical field is from this past May:
I had the opportunity to attend a surgical clinic at Clinica Ezell in Guatemala for a week with Health Talents International. It was a week full of various general and GYN surgeries. I was able to experience pre-op, post-op and OR nursing. I worked 8p-4p, 4p-12a and 12a-8p shifts. The time I was able to spend with RNs, surgeons, anesthesiologists, translators, surgical techs and other members of the medical field was so inspiring. The atmosphere was one of great care, learning promotion and joy.
My favorite moment from the trip was during my night shift. It was about 3 in the morning and I was about halfway through with a round of vitals. I went over to my next patient–a very very tiny woman in her 80s–and touched her on the shoulder to let her know I was going to assess her. She startled awake, turned over and slapped my arm with a confused look her face. I assured her it was just me again and the look in her eye changed to amusement as she began to giggle uncontrollably. We both tried to not wake the other patients while laughing for a good bit. The other nurses on the shift came over to see what was the source of the commotion. She took that as an opportunity to talk, make lots of jokes and pray with passion over us. She was a very quirky woman; we could never predict her next move. That week was full of moments like these. The trip was full of opportunities and I learned a lot about medical missions. Being up at 3am taking people’s blood pressure could be life-giving. Who knew?
Attached is a photo of me as first assist in a surgery, and one of my night shift team.