SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - Audrey Fangmeyer (NHS’17) has enjoyed many opportunities during her time at Georgetown, ranging from the BSN curriculum and leadership as a peer coordinator in the School of Nursing & Health Studies, to her participation in a retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
The senior from Rockville, Md., is looking ahead to her nursing career and took some time offer her thoughts about her four years on the Hilltop.
NHS: How have you enjoyed Georgetown and the nursing major?
AF: I am really happy with both. Georgetown has offered me learning and life experience beyond nursing, and nursing has offered growth and perspective well beyond what a college campus has to offer. I certainly have been challenged here—Georgetown is an academically rigorous environment, and nursing is a tough major. That being said, the professors here want to see each student succeed, and the senior cohort feels more like a family than a class to me.
NHS: What particular aspects of our school and the nursing major stand out for you?
AF: Sense of community within the NHS comes to mind immediately. Its smaller size allows for school-wide events, like our potluck dinner and welcome back barbecue, which are a lot of fun and feel homey. Georgetown nursing starts with hands-on assessment freshman year, and you get to go to the hospital for a few weeks of your spring semester. In addition to nursing classes and clinicals, we are introduced to classes on nursing research and the health care delivery system, both of which I believe are very useful for understanding nursing practice.
NHS: Tell me a little bit about your time at Georgetown. What activities have you been a part of?
AF: This year, I am a peer coordinator for the NHS Peer Advising Program, sing in the 7:30 p.m. Mass choir in Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and am dancing in Rangila. I am also participating in an eight-week Spiritual Exercises retreat, which I am very excited about as an opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. I have done hospital volunteering and been involved with the Catholic women’s group as well.
I like to include self-care time in the activities list as well, because I find it invaluable and important to share that it is possible to make time to stop and disconnect from school for a little while each week. I’ve been introduced to some great music, had beautiful places to walk and sit outside, and really enjoyed time at chaplains’ open houses meeting other Hoyas and getting delicious snacks.
NHS: What are you thinking about after Georgetown?
AF: I plan on starting out at the bedside doing medical-surgical work, and I am hoping to stay local to be near my family. Considering my long-term career path, there are so many places to go within nursing. I have enjoyed engaging with public health, health systems, and health disparities in the past year, and I will certainly be keeping an eye open for opportunities once I feel that I have solidified my inpatient skillset. I have also thought about working in nursing education in the long-term, so there’s a chance that I could work with Hoyas in the future. I hope to find what I love, but to remain open to changing directions.