Saints in the Community

Written by the Saints Press Staff

In order to graduate, Presentation College students are required to complete an internship, or in the case of some programs complete a clinical.

Let’s take a look at what some Saints are doing around the community for their internships!

Adam Zimmerman and his girlfriend

Adam Zimmerman, Avera St. Luke’s

Adam Zimmerman plans to graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing (BSN) degree. He did an internship on the medical/surgical floor of Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen in the summer of 2018.

Zimmerman chose to do an internship with Avera for two reasons. First, he had gained a familiarity with the hospital through his clinicals. Second, the location of the hospital was close to his home. While interning at Avera, Zimmerman’s responsibilities included doing everything that a nurse does under the supervision of his mentor and another RN. For example, he had to start IVs, hang IV solutions, give different medications, change dressings, and do assessments to name a few. As an intern, Zimmerman enjoyed being able to understand the role of a nurse in the hospital setting, as well as being able to log numerous hours practicing alongside a nurse. Working one on one with a nurse allowed him to experience nursing in real-life situations while learning tips and tricks long the way.

Interning did provide a few uphill battles. According to Zimmerman, the most challenging thing about the internship was adjusting to overnight hours, but notes that he found it easier to adjust to the schedule as time went by.“I have a lot of memorable experiences…I got to move around the hospital, not just sticking to the medical/surgical floor, but also being able to move to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED) to observe trauma cases, and the Pediatric (PEDS) wing to help with children who came onto the medical/surgical floor,” Zimmerman explained.Zimmerman believes this internship has been beneficial to him in many ways including enhancing and developing his efficiency and teaching him to better care for multiple patients simultaneously. Specifically, he feels that the greatest impact the internship had was providing him with a better understanding of how to organize his patients and duties in such a way that each patient gets the best care possible.

According to Zimmerman, the most challenging thing about the internship was adjusting to overnight hours, but notes that he found it easier to adjust to the schedule as time went by.“I have a lot of memorable experiences…I got to move around the hospital, not just sticking to the medical/surgical floor, but also being able to move to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED) to observe trauma cases, and the Pediatric (PEDS) wing to help with children who came onto the medical/surgical floor,” Zimmerman explained.Zimmerman believes this internship has been beneficial to him in many ways including enhancing and developing his efficiency and teaching him to better care for multiple patients simultaneously. Specifically, he feels that the greatest impact the internship had was providing him with a better understanding of how to organize his patients and duties in such a way that each patient gets the best care possible.

First, he had gained a familiarity with the hospital through his clinicals. Second, the location of the hospital was close to his home. While interning at Avera, Zimmerman’s responsibilities included doing everything that a nurse does under the supervision of his mentor and another RN. For example, he had to start IVs, hang IV solutions, give different medications, change dressings, and do assessments to name a few. As an intern, Zimmerman enjoyed being able to understand the role of a nurse in the hospital setting, as well as being able to log numerous hours practicing alongside a nurse. Working one on one with a nurse allowed him to experience nursing in real-life situations while learning tips and tricks long the way.

Interning did provide a few uphill battles. According to Zimmerman, the most challenging thing about the internship was adjusting to overnight hours, but notes that he found it easier to adjust to the schedule as time went by.“I have a lot of memorable experiences…I got to move around the hospital, not just sticking to the medical/surgical floor, but also being able to move to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED) to observe trauma cases, and the Pediatric (PEDS) wing to help with children who came onto the medical/surgical floor,” Zimmerman explained.Zimmerman believes this internship has been beneficial to him in many ways including enhancing and developing his efficiency and teaching him to better care for multiple patients simultaneously. Specifically, he feels that the greatest impact the internship had was providing him with a better understanding of how to organize his patients and duties in such a way that each patient gets the best care possible.

Cortni Mendoza, Admissions Office

In a recent interview with Cortni Mendoza, a Senior Communications student who is currently interning for the Presentation College Admissions Department, Mendoza said that she has had positive and productive results from her internship thus far. She stated throughout her internship she has learned a variety of new skills that will benefit her in immense ways when she graduates this spring. She wanted students who may be interested in admissions work to know the skills she has learned this semester. These skills include; office etiquette, working with EMP and CAMS databases.

The internship has also provided her the skills to overcome obstacles such as setting up visits and communicating with future students. Most importantly, Mendoza wanted students to know her internship has sharpened her verbal and written communication skills. These skills have been developed through interactions with various students, faculty, and other forms of student communication.

Marcus Gatlin, Tempo Training

Chances are that if someone has ever spent any time on PC’s campus, they’re familiar with Marcus Gatlin. Even if someone doesn’t know him personally, they’ve almost certainly heard of him. Marcus Gatlin is a former basketball player turned Student Assistant for the PC Men’s basketball program. He’s finishing up his studies here and will graduate this December.

Part of his studies include an internship with Tempo Training which is now owned by Avera. In this program he’s studying under and working with Zach Neer. Neer is the head Strength and Conditioning coach for Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen. He has taken over training of all Presentation Sports Teams with the exception of football.

Gatlin clearly was well versed in fitness, but he says that Coach Neer brought a whole new level of expertise into his own techniques. He says this opportunity to learn from Neer has been a godsend. When asked about how the internship has been, Gatlin responded, “It’s been fantastic, Coach Neer really knows his stuff. I’ve learned a ton from him this year”. Gatlin says he has always had a passion to help people achieve their fitness goals. It shows in his training. The energy and heart he brings to a workout is incredible. It’s reminiscent of his days on the hardwood.

Gatlin says that the feeling of graduating still hasn’t hit him yet. He said, “I still can’t believe it, I’m excited for the next chapter in my life but reality hasn’t set in yet”. He mentioned that he doesn’t quite feel ready to “adult” completely yet. With his drive and determination there is no doubt that he’’ be successful in conquering whatever life throws at him.

Contributions made by Josie Clemens, Austyn Ward, and Adam White

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