Happy Fall, and welcome back to my blog! After being home all summer, it is a great feeling to be back on campus for my senior year. This summer, I worked as a nursing intern at the Veteran’s Medial Center back home in Nashville, Tennessee. It was an incredible experience – I learned so much about nursing care, picked up some new skills, and got to care for those who selflessly served in the armed forces. The summer flew by – I can’t believe that it’s time for classes again.
This semester, I’m enrolled in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing, Community Nursing, and 19th Century Europe/French Revolution. The nursing classes are going well so far – we are currently learning to give tuberculosis shots and are getting certified to teach CPR to groups of people. We are also tackling all of the steps to reading a heart monitor; who knew that one squiggly line could mean so many different things! The clinical portion of my class is in the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. It is a whole new level of nursing compared to anything I have done before – everything is faster, more acute, and more intense. It is an adrenaline rush, and my mind is blown with the amount that I see and learn each time I go. I’m excited to learn more and more with each clinical. In my French Revolution class, we have been studying the social, political, and economic layout of Europe in the late 18th century leading up to the revolution. It is the perfect class for me – history is something I enjoy immensely, and it’s a great break from the nursing realm that allows me to exercise a different part of my brain.
Apart from classes, tennis is also in full swing (get it?). The team is undefeated in conference, and we have our eyes on the prize this year! Our team Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 9:25-27, which reads:
“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
Our team focus is on the imperishable prize: a deeper union with Christ and bringing about His kingdom here on earth. We are really working to do that through playing tennis – making every practice a prayer, offering up conditioning practices, and serving each other and those whom we compete against with love and respect. I’ve really taken this verse and tried to apply it to all areas of my life: academics, household, friends, and family. I think that by keeping my focus on the imperishable prize of Christ, all that I do will be fruitful in some way or another. With that being said, I am bouncing off the walls with excitement for my last year here at Franciscan. Wish me luck, and I’ll post again soon!