OCTOBER 28, 2014 – Lucy Bartlett (NHS’15) was attracted to the nursing profession early on, despite being the first in her family to go into the health care field.
This year, Bartlett serves as a president of Georgetown’s chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), promoting health and wellness in the campus community.
One of the projects the chapter participates in during the fall semester is a flu clinic that is co-sponsored by the Student Health Center and the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits, and staffed by medical and nursing students and faculty.
The SNA board is responsible for recruiting students from both the traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and second-degree BSN programs to staff the 18 clinics that take place between September and November on campus.
Selected students administer the shots under the supervision of the faculty members from the Department of Nursing.
“Planning and participating in the flu clinics has been a rewarding experience,” says Bartlett. “We have seen up to 591 patients in just one three-hour clinic alone, which provides us with unique opportunity to serve the Georgetown community.”
During her high school years, Bartlett volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and she continued to pursue her dream of working with pediatric patients throughout her four years on the Hilltop.
Bartlett took the “Nursing Care of Children” class. She says she especially enjoyed it because of the thoughtful mentorship of Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN, instructor of nursing.
This summer, Bartlett served as a child-care technician at the Children’s National Medical Center on the hematology-oncology unit, which proved to be a powerful affirmation of her passion for working with children.
“Working with such resilient patients and families is what has made my experience so fulfilling and what excites me about my future profession,” she says.
Bartlett says she was very impressed that hands-on clinical coursework occurs in the first year of study.
“It allowed me to steadily build my repertoire of nursing skills, while being actively supported by my clinical faculty members,” says Bartlett, who also serves as a peer coordinator for the Peer Advising Program at NHS. “I feel very well prepared and confident in the skill set that I have continued to build on for three years.”
By Masha Mikey (S’15)