The life of a nurse is difficult, but worthwhile
The nursing life can be a difficult one. Often with many of the same variable hours as a doctor or surgeon, but without the pay or recognition.
“It can be taxing,” said registered nurse Jamie Offerman. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
A photography enthusiast in her limited spare time and resident of Laramie, Wyo., Offerman recalls a incident a little over two weeks ago that tested her nursing limits.
“I love the stars and I was set to take pictures of the solar eclipse,” she said. “It would have been about a 90-minute drive with traffic for me to get to the path of totality, but I got a call.”
The call was from the surgeon she was on call for who was going to need assistance with procedure that day.
“Instead of shooting the sun, I was taking care of a person in need,” she said. “Again, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
Offerman’s road to nursing wasn’t a typical one as she had several careers and titles before returning to the one that had been calling her since she was 8.
“I remember growing up wanting to be a nurse,” said the 31-year-old. “But I felt like I had grown out of that phase when I got older. Turns out 8-year-old me was spot on.”
Adams State University nursing program
Much like many nurses, Offerman had to go through nursing school to obtain a license and become a licensed RN. There are several nursing programs available throughout the state. One of the most hands-on is that of Adams State University in Alamosa.
With individual attention through an engaged faculty, the nursing school at Adams State University claims its students will find ample opportunities to learn. Furthermore, their state-of-the-art simulation lab provides students with realistic training exercises.
Two options exist for potential nursing students at Adams State University. One is the four-year Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and the other is the BSN degree, which is an online degree program offered to as a four-year prelicensure degree program. After completing the program, students are eligible to take the licensing exam.
Also available through Adams State University is access to the National Student Nurses’ Association, which allows nursing students to get involved in their communities and around the world. One group from Adams State University took a medical mission to Roatan Honduras recently, which was documented on the ASU nursing site.
Trip to Roatan
When members of the ASU Student Nurses Association (ASSNA) made the trip to Roatan, Honduras on a medical mission with Clinica Esperanza they did so knowing they were going to an island in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Located about 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, Roatan is known for its marine life and proximity to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, but it also has several health issues associated with poorly managed waste treatment and pollution.
With that in mind the members of ASSNA took 14 tubs, two duffle bags, a suitcase and three carry-on bags full of medical supplies and clothing to Clinica Esperanza.
At the street health fair in the downtown area of Coxen Hole, the ASSNA members carried out blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse and vision screenings. They also provided visitors with education based on their individual results and gave the referrals to Clinica Esperanza for follow-up care. The members of ASSNA also held a diabetes education course in Flowers Bay where the community has a high rate of diabetes and hypertension.
For more information on the Adams State University nursing program visit www.adams.edu.