Nursing at USM

Nursing at USM


Here at USM in the School of Nursing you
can get your traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing and four years. You could come in and take longer than that if that’s what you needed. You could be in an accelerated program
where you do a 15-month track we also have lots of
graduate degrees and people go through those degrees at their own pace in a way
that works for them. Every student comes in with a different background some do
have a lot of great life experience and they can use that to help some of the
other students through something whether it be something that we’re doing in
class or whether it be how do I manage my time being back in school and trying
to work. – The simulation lab is one of my favorite parts of being a USM senior
student. because I have been able to become more confident in my skills
because I’ve practiced on Vern. Vern is our simulation lab dummy. He allows us to
practice techniques and skills that we otherwise couldn’t practice. Vern can breathe, his heart beats he has all of his
peripheral pulses, he can become diaphoretic, which means he can sweat. his eyes move his pupils dilate or constrict we can take his blood we can give Vern
medication and Vern throws up. Vern is very cool. [vomiting sounds] – In the nursing program here at USM we have students engaged in
community service learning. So students go to a site that they select And in that site learn
while they provide education, nursing skills, support and resources to a
community that needs assistance – USM has a number of community
partnerships that they offer but I picked the Sagamore Village Center
community partnership for a number of reasons. Firstly, because this is the
community that I’m a part of and my family is part of and I felt it was very important
not only to get my education here but to give back to the community that I
live in and work in. The needs in Sagamore are really dynamic. What we try to provide
here in the community partnerships is supplementary to the care that they
receive from their primary care physicians. So we take their blood
pressures and monitor their blood sugars. If they have difficulties with
medication management we will help them with that too and take care of their med
organization and put it in a easy access form for them to take
appropriately. We also offer some social interactions for a lot of these patients
don’t get out into the greater community as much as they need to and we’re here
to give that to them. – When my students finish the nursing program here at USM I hope that they know there’s a spot for them somewhere in nursing and it may not
be the traditional role that they think of it may not be a hospital nurse but that somewhere out there they were called to the profession for a reason and that there is a spot for them to make a difference.


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