Yesterday, the BYU College of Nursing hosted its annual Professionalism Conference. Students listened to speakers, attended breakout sessions on topics related to overcoming the rigors of nursing life, and met prospective employers.
“The thing that I like most about this is that I think it helps you be aware of the things that will be coming,” says capstone student Ashea Hanna, who is slated to graduate in April.
Others also gained a lot from the theme of the conference, which was “Struggle to Juggle.” Breakout topics ranged from healthy eating to handling compassion fatigue, while others treated financial independence and nursing ethics.
“It helped me learn how to balance a couple of things like sleep and self-care, but then also broaden my perspective a little,” fourth-semester student Micai Nethercott says.
Capstone student McCall Van Leeuwen particularly enjoyed the breakout session held by a non-nursing professional, since it offered the chance to feel appreciated as a student nurse and become aware of her possible positive impact on others.
Meanwhile, back in the Garden Court over fifteen booths were set up with representatives from various hospitals and agencies proffering information to students about future job opportunities.
One such station was for Wyoming State Hospital, which is roughly 100 miles away. There a decorative poster highlighted the offered $29 per hour wage for new nursing graduates.
“We need nurses and [BYU’s program is] a great nursing program,” expressed one representative of the hospital when asked why they had come so far. This sentiment was common among vendors, many of whom had various open positions they hoped students could fill.
Jesse, a representative of Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center, had several students express interest in working in St. George.
“We’ve had quite a few, and most of them are very excited,” he said. He and his colleagues liked that the conference brought students close to them and offered students different opportunities to seek employment with various groups at assorted places.
In the end, the conference managed to help students understand how to take care of themselves and their careers during future years, all while enjoying a free lunch.
“Overall, it’s just really good helping me understand the balance I need in my future career,” capstone student Bethany Borup says.