My name is Beth Sarver, and I attended State Fair Community College. I graduated in December 2016 with an associate degree in nursing. I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in nursing when in high school. The functions of the human body continually amaze me. My father was also a positive influence in my choosing nursing as a career. He dedicated 30 years of his life in service to others, and as a result, six of his children chose careers serving others.
During orientation, the instructors warn students that nursing school is not easy and that you will have friends who will not understand the commitment you have toward your career. They were more right than they will ever know. As I spent many nights staying up until 3 a.m. studying, my friends began to think I was crazy, and I started to wonder if they were right!
Last summer, I was given the opportunity to participate in Lake Regional’s externship program, and although I was incredibly nervous about the experience, I agreed. Many of my classmates had worked as patient care technicians before nursing school, but I had not. As a result, I felt inferior in certain aspects of nursing. The externship program transformed me into a nurse I barely recognized.
I have always been interested in emergency nursing. The fast pace and constant changing of patients and priorities kept my attention and prevented me from getting complacent about my skill set. I spent the majority of my time in the Emergency Department throughout the externship for these reasons. There was so much to learn! Every day I went home having seen or learned something I had never experienced or known about before. The nurses in the Emergency Department were such a tight-knit family, and in situations where a patient’s life was in danger, there were multiple nurses in the room helping out. The teamwork I saw in the department was like watching all of the parts of a clock moving to accomplish a job. As I was constantly pushed to expand my knowledge and skill set, I started to become more confident in what I did know!
I now work in the Emergency Department and cannot stress enough how much the externship prepared me for the job I now do. The externship afforded me the opportunity to find what I was passionate about. The old adage “Find what you are passionate about and you will never work a day in your life” is true. The co-workers and staff I work with are some of the best, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with and learn from them.
I would encourage anyone who is looking for where they fit in nursing to consider going through the externship program. In addition to the hands-on experience, many classes are offered that enhance your understanding of what you experience on the floor. Lake Regional’s externship program truly transformed me into the nurse I had hoped to be — passionate, confident and humbled to be able to be used every day to assist in the healing of hurting patients.
Learn more and download an application for the Lake Regional Nurse Externship Program.