Touring UVM: Nursing & Health Sciences


(Light music.) Key: Hello, my name is Key. I’m from Burlington, Vermont. I’m a junior in the College of Nursing
and Health Sciences with a major in nursing and a minor in health and behavioral change
studies from the College of Medicine. Outside of the classroom I spend a large portion of
my time, around 20 to 25 hours a week, working as a nurse’s assistant downtown in one of
our nursing homes. Jamie: And my name is Jamie. I’m a senior
in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m from Waterbury, Vermont. I’m pursing an individually
designed major in healthcare structure and emergency medical services research with a
minor in biochemistry. I’ve been interested in medicine for a really long time and UVM
has allowed me to explore that both in and out of the classroom.
(Music.) Jamie: So right now we’re outside the Dana
Medical Library, which is one of the academic libraries on campus. This one has a lot of
resources that are available for medical students and undergraduate students to learn about
anything that’s related to their health sciences curriculum. I spend a lot of time here during
finals. They have study rooms available, and it’s really just a great focused study area.
Key: You see a lot of nursing students in this medical library cause this is where we
get to see a lot of literature around research on the human body as well as disease and open
panel physiologies. Jamie: Some advice that I would give to a
prospective student who is interested in health care and is looking at the University of Vermont.
I would say that you should definitely pursue it. And if you’re thinking, oh I like healthcare,
I want to get more experience or I want to learn more but I’m also interested in philosophy
or English or any other field, you can do both. It’s a both/and situation. I came into
UVM really expecting that healthcare was the only thing I wanted to learn about. But in
my course of studies I found that it’s some of the classes that are outside of that field
that have added the most depth and have been really fascinating to me. And I’m wishing
as a senior that I had been a double major in Mandarin Chinese and my independent study.
So coming into UVM and wherever you decide to go to college, I would say look broadly
and really think about what you want to use your time here for.
Key: About clinical rotations. Every nursing student at UVM is guaranteed for a spot in
the University of Vermont Medical Center. And you don’t have to apply separately to
be part of the clinical rotation. When it’s time for you to do your clinical rotation
in junior year, the school will automatically send you to the University of Vermont Medical
Center to have your clinical done in there. And the also great thing about having a medical
center right on the campus is that if you feel like you want more experience, you want
more time to shadow, more time to get your clinical practice done, you can definitely
request to have more, an extra hour just to go shadow a physician, shadow nurses, or any
people who work in the University of Vermont Medical Center. If you want to go into nursing
and you want to become a nurse practitioner, you want to shadow that person, see their
real experience, daily activities. I think that’s also a great way to help you figure
out what do you want to do, what will fit you the best.
Key: So as you can see right over there, this is the Rowell building. The home of the College
of Nursing and Health Sciences. Right here this is the College of Medicine. And just
right behind me, this is the UVM Medical Center, Level I trauma medical center, the largest
one north of Boston. So everything is in one complex.
Key: This is where nursing students as well as any other student in the College of Nursing
and Health Sciences would get their clinical, their simulations, just to study. So during
your simulation lab, you would learn about what you would do, how you should react to
patients, what questions you should ask patients, as well as the skill that you need to do.
Key: So as a junior, before I got to touch a real patient in the hospital, I had to take
some introduction to clinical classes like health assessment, introduction to clinical
practice. Key: My first clinical rotation right now
is Women and Newborn. So I get to go to the labor and delivery unit, the postpartum unit
of the NICU, the neonatal intensive care unit. I get to see a wide range of care with women
and newborn and it was such a great experience for me. I love it, I got to see a birth, I
got to help assist in a birth, and also get to care for a postpartum patient who just
had her baby. My culture, the Vietnamese culture, is quite strict about who can see a birth,
especially for a male-identifying person like me, and it’s really hard to know more about
the birth process as well as pregnancy as well as seeing or helping to deliver, I never
got that chance before. Key: During high school, I thought I wanted
to become a dentist all four years of high school. I studied biochemistry, biology courses,
try my best just to prepare for the dental path. I planned all the way through until
the end of my first semester senior year. I had the opportunity to perform at one of
our nursing homes, called Wake Robin. And at my recital hall there was a resident there,
a lady, she approached me with tears in her eyes, came up to me and held my hand really
tight, and she said she had a male nurse whose voice was very similar to mine and he would
sing to her when he cared for her. And she just asked me if I would ever become a nurse.
So that was the first time ever in my life I really considered to be a nurse. It was
like a spark in my head. So after, I went back home and I did a lot of research about
nursing school, nursing careers, the future path in the nursing field. And I came to realize
that this is the one for me. And I called the University of Vermont admissions and told
them, I already submitted my application, because I did Early Action, so I called them
and I said, ‘please switch my application to nursing.’ And they did, and very fortunate
that I got accepted, so here I am as a nursing student.
(Music fades out.)

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