News In Brief: Nursing Major Selected for VALOR Program

MAY 5, 2014 – A junior nursing major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been selected for the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) Program.

This summer, Delores Emele (NHS’15), who is originally from New Jersey, will take part in the program, which helps participants develop skills in several areas, including clinical nursing, at an approved VA health care facility.

“To work at the VA, which caters to the medical needs of veterans as well as their families, gives me an opportunity to serve those who have put their lives on the line for this country,” she says.

Gaining Experience

Emele says she learned about the program from Colleen Norton, PhD, RN, CCRN, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in the Department of Nursing.

“Delores is a goal-directed, serious student who consistently works to her full potential here at Georgetown,” Norton wrote in a letter of recommendation.  “She will be an excellent caregiver to the veterans of our country as a result of her knowledge and interest in caring for vulnerable populations.”

According to its Web site, the program focuses on clinical skills, clinical judgment, and critical thinking through classroom learning, participation in conferences, and clinical practice with a qualified preceptor.

“This program is more than about getting my feet wet,” she says.  “As a junior nursing major with a little over a year left before practicing in the real world, my goal throughout this program is to hopefully get well integrated into the ins and outs of a 12-hour nursing shift.”

‘Blessed to Be Here’

Emele says she is also hoping to further develop her skills as a nurse.

“Practice makes perfect,” she says.  “A huge goal of mine is to further develop my comfort level with performing nursing skills, especially when working with more critically ill patients.”

She notes she is enjoying the education she has been receiving to help meet the demands of the nursing profession.

“The program is helping mold me into the best nurse I can be,” she says.  “I am thankful for the opportunity and doors that being here is opening up for me. Through it all, Jesus Christ is my strength, and I’m blessed to be here with supportive staff and intelligent cohorts.”

By Bill Cessato