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2016 Linfield Magazine Summer

Hands-on experience, either acquired before coming to Linfield as in Puerini’s case, or while a student, is critical to nursing. When Elisabeth Martinez-Mendoza ’16 graduates in December, she will have experienced six clinical sites and a summer internship with a health organization in Ecuador. The hands-on learning is invaluable, as she provides patient care under supervision of a nurse. She recalls listening to a patient’s lungs and realizing for the first time that it didn’t sound quite right. “Reading in a textbook is one thing, but when you hear it and see it, it’s totally different,” she said. “Things start to click.” At the end of a 12-hour shift, it’s the hugs and thanks from patients that make all the hard work worthwhile. “It’s really cool to have a patient thank you for all that you’ve done,” said Martinez-Mendosa. “I feel like I’m just the student, but to that patient I’m more than a student. I’m their nurse. I’m making an impact.” – Laura Davis “The most important thing about community health is to open the eyes of students to creative perspectives of health and treatments.” – Jake Creviston ’08, assistant professor of nursing Summer 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1


2016 Linfield Magazine Summer
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