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Nursing Graduates - Out in the World

Abbie Bainter (2007)
Hays Medical Center
Hays, KS

I work as an RN on the surgical floor at HMC. I find it very enlightening and also busy. I have learned so much in my first year as a nurse. I use my skills daily. The time management and leadership skills I acquired at FHSU have assisted me in my job and helped me to provide leadership to my peers. At FHSU, I was active in NCF and FHANS. I completed an internship after graduating from FHSU. I believe the internship helped prepare me for the "real world" by training me to perform in a hospital setting. The extracurricular activities have helped me form strong relations skills that I took with me to the job force.


Alison McNeil (2007)
Clinic RN & GTA
Ear, Nose, Throat of Western Kansas & FHSU Nursing Department

I have been a nurse for one year and have returned to school. I am enrolled full time and majoring in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner. I work Mondays and Thursdays at a local ENT Clinic in Hays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I am employed by the FHSU nursing department as a GTA. I use my academic experiences every day. My academic experiences have aided me in my ability to communicate with patients and effectively perform assessments. I participated in the voluntary summer internship in OB. I also did a rural health, community health, school nursing, and acute care internships. These were greatly beneficial to me and I was able to stay up-to-date and prepare for my nursing career. I would definitely recommend the voluntary summer internship as it gave me confidence. This is something you can't learn from someone else or from a book.


Karen Aten (1995, 2005)
Manager of Cardiac Care/Central Telemetry
Hays Medical Center
Hays, KS

I manage a very fast growing Cardiac Care Unit with approximately 50 associates. Every day is a new experience with many challenges and opportunities to learn. As a master's prepared manager, I use my leadership, research, and statistic classes every day. Leading the associates, using evidence based practice, and facilitating measurable quality Improvement projects all require a sound knowledge base. The internship I remember most was the Veteran Clinic here in Hays when I was in the master's program. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau. I learned much about management from LeAnn Zimmerman at the Vets' Clinic. She has a very broad nursing knowledge base, is an excellent clinician and has great time management skills.

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