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Bethany Hernandez

Capstone Practicum 2019


My capstone experience...

...was at the Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center. What a wonderful experience it’s been! Over the last semester, I have experienced a multitude of emotions, ranging from hesitant to confident, from frustrated to satisfied, and even from sorrow to joy.

Prepared for skills

At first, I felt nervous but prepared for the skills I have been using here. Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has prepared me well with essential nursing skills. The skills I’ve used have included physical patient assessments, IV starting skills, port accessing and de-accessing, infusions, blood transfusions, and so much more. Throughout the experience, I’ve been able to take my own patients from start to finish. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m able to care for patients on my own and that the other nurses trust me with these tasks.

My favorite thing

...about this rotation is that I’ve been able to build on relationships with the patients each time they come into the Cancer Center. It’s always great to see their faces and to catch up on what’s new in their world!

Overall capstone experience is one I will never forget. I’m beyond grateful for Tina, my preceptor this semester. She has been so wonderful teaching me "all things nurse"! She’s been a blessing and an incredible role model that I look up to with the most respect.

This experience has nourished the skills I have to provide care for people, and now I’m ready to bloom into a Registered Nurse. I’m excited and prepared to close this chapter in my life and discover what lies in store for me in the next.

Story placed: 4/8/2019

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