Senior nursing students prepare for clinical internship
Seniors Kevin Delacuadra and Julia Wenzinger are reviewing requirements necessary for clinicals. In the past four years, nursing students have learned how to apply dressings to wounds, change bed sheets, bathe patients, analyze vital signs, and follow standard safety precautions and hand washing techniques. “The knowledge I have studied and learned since freshman year will assist me with any medical career I end up perusing,” Wenzinger said. Photo Credit: Jen Chiang
For the senior nursing program capstone project, nursing students will be participating in clinicals at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boulder City, NV, starting the first of March to complete their 60 hours in order to graduate with a Medical Assistant (MA) Certification.
“I am extremely excited to work with patients at such a professional level,” senior Julia Wenzinger said.
The requirements to partake in clinicals includes: two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD Test), updated vaccinations, and a certification from a licensed physician that declares the student to be free of any casually transmitted communicable disease.
“Working side-by-side with doctors and nurses will be such a rewarding experience. I cannot wait to start our senior capstone,” senior Mariah Holmes said.
Currently, nursing students are practicing safety and infection control procedures such as handwashing and personal care procedures, such as bed making and analyzing vital signs in preparation for clinicals in the spring.
“It’s crazy how fast this year is moving and clinicals are just around the corner. It will be a great way to end senior year,” senior Reema Hassanieh said.