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Emily Bandel of Laramie, a student in the University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, has been accepted into the Mayo Clinic Summer Internship Program June 4-Aug. 10, in Rochester, Minn.
Only 100 of the 1,200 applicants were selected for the highly competitive paid internship. Bandel's experience as a teaching assistant made her a strong candidate for the position, says Suzanne Clark, UW's pathophysiology course coordinator.
Bandel works with small groups of students to prepare them for formal case-study presentations in pathophysiology. She provides a hands-on view of patient care based on her five years as a certified nursing assistant.
"Bandel's dedication and level of responsibility and commitment make her a role model for the students," Clark says. "She is actively taking care of patients and offers insights to the students about patient care and diseases."
Bandel will work with a nurse in the Mayo Cardiac Surgery Step-Down Unit. Bandel will help take care of heart transplant and open-heart surgery patients.
Additionally, Bandel works about 25 hours a week at the Cheyenne Medical Center and the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.