NURS 370

This class was my Older Adult class where we discussed the care of older adults. For my honors enhancement, I partnered up with two of my other classmates and we conduced a project regarding the effect of COVID-19 on the elderly population, specifically within the Woodlands Nursing Home in Farmville, VA. This class broadened my horizon on the care of older adults. While I was not against working with this population, it has never been something I really wanted to do, but now after having takin this class, I am more open to the idea of doing so. This project connect current events with necessary knowledge allowing me to see what I have learned first hand. In class, we always talk about how important certain things are to the elderly such as socialization, but this project really emphasized that. I am glad that I not only have the knowledge that this class has taught me, but also the drive to keep learning about the effects on the elderly population post COVID-19.

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NURS 315

This class was my nutrition class. The honors enhancement for this class was partnered with pharmacology (NURS 320). There was a joint class project that can be seen under the NURS 320 post. However, for this class specifically, I decided to share a different project that took place just within this course. For this project that lasted a total of 6 weeks, I had to make note of everything I ate and drank including all of the nutrients. A lot went into this project and it really showed on paper just how important taking care of yourself through nutrition and healthy habits really is. I learned a lot in this class, but more so, I think I learned a lot in clinical after being able to apply my knowledge I gained from this class.

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NURS 320

Attached is a PDF copy of a final project in both Pharmacology and Nutrition. For this project, I partnered with Grace Auld. The purpose of this was to relate the two courses together. We chose a category of medication and talked about food interactions when taking those medications. In addition, we presented this to our class at the very end of the semester. I really enjoyed this project because not only did it bring the classes I was taking during the fall 2020 semester together, but it enabled me to test what I learned. After completing this project, I felt more confident discussing these specific medications. This is a skill that I need to have not only as a student when I am with my professor or another nursing passing medications, but when I am a nurse in the real world. While I see myself working in a cardiac unit where the majority of these medications may not be given on a day to day basis, it is still very important to know them and be prepared to discuss what they are, how they work, and answer any other questions the patient may have when administering it.

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NURS 310

Attached is one of my discussion post’s from one of our units in Principles of Pathophysiology during the spring 2020 semester. Each unit/each body system we covered we had to write a discussion post regarding one particular disease. The system for this post was the cardiovascular system and I wrote about dyslipidemia.

Pathophysiology was a very challenging course for me. It was similar to anatomy and physiology, but nursing version meaning all tests and quizzes were NCLEX style. This was definitely a learning cure because I felt as though I knew that material, but knowing the material isn’t the only thing you need to know in nursing. It is important to be able to critically think as well. I learned how to really utilize my resources such as office hours and all of our text books. In addition, I really learned the importance of time management. Simply reading the textbook was not going to fly, but applying what I learned to what I was seeing in the clinical setting in NURS 230 was a very critical point in this class that I learned. My short term goal from this course if to really focus on my time management in my junior year. Long term, I hope to use these skills I learned through the nursing test taking tips that my professor in this class shared with us in order to pass the NCLEX.

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NURS 230

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Attached is an evidence based research project for Foundations of Nursing Practice completed by Grace Ault, Hope Barnhart, Ryleigh Turner, and myself, Kelsey Swegle. This project was suppose to be shown at Research Day spring 2020 just like the HONS 490 presentation previously discussed. This was one of out final projects in the class as we brought all of our knowledge together.

Nursing research is consistently being conducted. With that being said, it is so important tot stay on top of the changing information and data because it is changing and altering everyday. We must stay on top of it so that we can give the best care possible that show the best results. This is why evidence based practice is so important. Evidence based practice is something that has be proven to work or proven to be true through research. In the health care settings I have seen restraints at use. I have seen both the positive and negative effects of these restraints. I have learned so much, yet there is so much more to learn and the only way we will learn it is if we conduct evidence based research on it. I hope to continue research throughout my time at Longwood. I know I have a research class coming up during my junior year specifically geared towards nursing. I am interested to see whether or not that will alter my career path. There are so many different ways I cant take with nursing, but like I said in one of my other posts, maybe I will end up getting my doctorate in nursing research in the future.

This course was also my first nursing school clinical rotation.  Though this course I have given my first real physical assessment. I have held a patients hand. I have talked to a patients family. I have held a patient when they cried. I had fed a patient when they couldn’t move. While I work in an acute care setting at home, this was a different experience. This was nursing. That alone has changed my life. I remember walking out of a patients room one day with one of my peers and we both looked over at each other and said “we made a difference today. We actually did that. I love nursing.” That is the feeling I hope to feel every single day of my life.

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BIOL 304

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Attached is a presentation by Grace Auld and myself from Microbiology for a Healthcare Professional in the spring 2020 semester. This presentation was a selected bacteria, Mycobacterium ulcerans, in which we conducted research on and then made a presentation about. This presentation was suppose to be conducted in front of the entire class, however due to Covid-19 the presentation became online with pre-recorded voices. While completing this project we had to research basic information, the disease it causes, signs and symptoms, transmission, occurrence, and treatment.

Microbiology had to be one of the coolest and most exciting classes I have had to take. I absolutely loved lab. During this time we made our own agar dishes, autoclaved our instruments, identified different types of bacteria, and so much more. This class gave me the background understanding as to how and why different illness and diseases occur due to the bacteria that caused it. It is a course that I will grow upon. It also correlated with Pathophysiology which I also took spring 2020. Because of that I was able to bounce off different objective and find connections in between the tow despite them being two different classes. In the future I hope to look at working in a heath care facility in a different light be focusing on keeping a healthy and clean environment. I also have been able to carry this into today’s current pandemic as we live through Covid-19.

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ENGL 376

Attached is my final portfolio for Culture and Story: A Cultural Approach to Writing course. This is a composition of two stories that I wrote and edited throughout the Spring 2020 semester. These were stories in which I had complete freedom to write as long as they had a culture. In class we focused heavily on what culture is and how and why different cultures exist.

This was a course that gave me a mental break from my other courses that were very content heavy. While it was heavy in writing and time consuming, it was well worth it because it showed me the importance of reading for fun and even taking a break from your everyday life to dive into a new challenge. I hope to continue writing different things throughout the years. I hope to reflect upon what I have writing one day and see the growth. I hope people know that even if they don’t think they can do something, as long as they try their best, they can accomplish anything because that was me with this class. I was not the best at writing fictional stories, but when I wrote from the heart, one could tell and that is when it was a success.

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HONS 490

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Attached is a research power created by Kyra Valovick and myself during the spring 2020 semester. This was an independent research study with Jessi Znosko with help from Dr. Pederson and Dr. C. Franssen. This research project was testing the effect of volunteering on stress level hormones. We tested these in graduate student volunteers. It is important to note that this is an ongoing research study due to the limited about of time and previous studies regarding this kind of test.

This was my first ever real research project and it is something that I want to continue doing. I love seeing how things play out such as having no results to start seeing out hypothesis in action. This course really emphasized to me my love for science and see what affects what within the human body and outside conditions. This research was very special to be because I wanted to see myself how volunteering affected stress levels. It has really helped me to show how important it is to take care of your body. Even though our saliva wasn’t being tested, we had the opportunity to volunteer ever Friday at Heartland Heroes Horses. I could feel the impact of volunteering on my body even after one day. To see the data come to life was a whole other wonder. I hope to continue research in the near future with things that interest me as such. There is a very big difference when you do things you love rather than things you are just doing to check it off. This was something I loved and I knew that. Long term, maybe I will consider getting my doctorate in nursing research. Who knows?

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SOCL 320

Attached is a final project reflection completed for the Sociology of Education course that I took over the 2019-2020 winter intercession to fulfil a perspective course. This was a reflection on a joint class discussion board. For the project itself, each student had to read a different article addressing ways to decrease violence in schools.

This class was very eye opening and interesting. While it did not relate to my field of study directly, it does affect lives around me and my future life in the far future with my children’s schooling. I have learned that things really aren’t as simple as they seem. There is a lot that goes into Education. Simply being a student, we don’t get to see a lot of those underlying things that must take place before we can even go to school. MY sister is an education major at another school and with this throughout the course all I could think of was her future classroom and all that it truly takes. Education really is a gift and there is a lot that goes into it. I hope to continue to recognize all that goes into educating. Furthermore, I hope to teach my children (in the far future) the importance of recognizing everything that goes into it so that they can better appreciate it.

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PHIL 315

Attached is my final paper for Biomedical Ethics that I took during the 2019-2020 winter intersession. This paper was to consist of argument that I was able to pull from a scholarly article that had to do with biomedical ethics. For this paper I found an article about physician assisted suicide.

This course was a two week, three credit class that I was required to take for my major. It was a very, very interesting class. It really got me thinking and helped me to gain understanding from different sides of arguments. Furthermore, this class has benefited me by looking at certain cases that may occur in my future work place such as physician assisted suicide which is what I wrote about. If there come a time when I have to decide whether a choice is ethically immoral or moral, I will be able to use the knowledge gained though this class to make the most ethical decision. I hope to use this knowledge today as I make decision for what I believe is right and just. Furthermore, I hope to continue gaining understanding on different topics so that I am well rounded and well educated.

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