This yr’s graduating class from the Lincoln College Faculty of Nursing confronted a number of challenges to perform the objective of getting a level.
On Friday night time, the 53 graduates on the Class of 2021 have been honored in a ceremony at Richardson Tremendous Arts Heart.
LU officers mentioned all of the graduates had achieved greatness having spent their final yr of faculty working via a pandemic.
“I feel we’re all very drained, however we’re completely satisfied,” Grace Reece, of Columbia, laughed. “I picked Lincoln due to the fame of the nursing program, which is actually stable.”
Reece has taken a place within the intensive care unit on the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia.
“I come from a household of nurses,” Reece mentioned. “My mother, my grandma and 4 aunts have been all nurses.”
LU’s nursing faculty was born in 1967 of a request from three Jefferson Metropolis hospitals — St. Mary’s Well being Heart, Memorial Group Hospital and Charles E. Nonetheless Osteopathic Hospital — to deal with a scarcity of registered nurses. The Memorial Group and Charles E. Nonetheless hospitals later merged to type Capital Area Medical Heart.
Each Jefferson Metropolis hospitals proceed to help LU’s nursing program by offering entry for college kids to do their medical experiences.
Georgia Roark, of Jefferson Metropolis, is the primary in her household to turn out to be a nurse.
“With the ability to commute to high school helped with my prices and listening to the wonderful issues about this faculty have been the explanations I selected to return to Lincoln,” Roark mentioned. She might be engaged on the medical/surgical ground at St. Mary’s Hospital.
“I am not essentially scared moving into, however I am wanting to see what it will be like,” Roark mentioned.
Olivia Windsor, of Russellville, mentioned she all the time wished to be a nurse so with the fame of the varsity and it being near residence, Lincoln was the only option for her. She’ll be going to work on the pediatric unit at Ladies’s and Kids’s Hospital in Columbia in June.
“I used to be a lifeguard and I all the time have preferred working with individuals,” Windsor mentioned. “I wished a job the place I might continually be taught and push myself. Nursing faculty has been onerous, however I take pleasure in studying. This job will all the time be difficult and provides me one thing new. It additionally provides quite a lot of alternatives as a result of there may be so many issues you are able to do with nursing. I feel it was an ideal profession alternative.”
A number of LU nursing faculty alumni have gone on to turn out to be physicians, nurse practitioners and educators.
Latosha Brackett is initially from Jamaica. She had already acquired a level from Lincoln in chemistry however wished to return again and pursue a profession in nursing. Brackett might be engaged on the medical/surgical unit at St. Mary’s and on the psychological well being unit on the Fulton State Hospital.
“Initially, I wished to get into nursing, however after I noticed the wait checklist to get into this system, I switched to chemistry,” Brackett mentioned.
Regardless of the challenges introduced on by the pandemic, the graduates mentioned they have been in a position to work with their instructors to get the basics they wanted to make it via their programs.
“It was very worrying, and also you needed to be mentally sturdy,” Brackett mentioned. “I labored as a tech, and I did must take care of COVID sufferers. Each time you went into their rooms, you questioned if you happen to would contract it whereas on the identical time making an attempt to consolation the sufferers as a result of they could not breathe.”
Reece mentioned the transition to on-line courses in the course of the pandemic required quite a lot of flexibility on school and college students.
“You needed to be self-disciplined since you have been virtually completely self-paced to get via your programs,” Reece mentioned. “Lincoln did their finest to maintain us in discipline medical settings, which I actually appreciated. That approach, we might have the suitable medical hours and really feel ready.”
Windsor mentioned there have been quite a lot of unknowns once they needed to be in an internet setting.
“That was the toughest a part of coping with COVID, not figuring out if we’re going to have class or not have class,” Windsor mentioned. “Nursing is one thing you should have hands-on expertise.”
“I feel all of us have been in a position to adapt fairly quick as a result of that is one thing it’s important to do in nursing,” Roark added.
Previous to the pandemic, nursing was seen as one of the in- demand jobs within the nation and the necessity for educated nurses has solely grown due to COVID.
“It was actually good to see what it is like going via a pandemic as a result of I am positive we’ll see one thing like this once more in our lifetime,” Roark mentioned
LU schooling grads recommended for ‘remaining steadfast, staying course’