Seniors Samantha Lovett and Mikaela Smith had an experience of a lifetime on President’s Day. They both had the opportunity to shadow professionals in each of their chosen fields of study they hope to enter next year as college freshmen.
Samantha visited LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and shadowed a nurse in the Infant Intensive Care Unit which is designed to serve newborns to children who are around one year and a half of age. “I assisted the nurse that I was shadowing with put a feeding tube in a little girl’s nose. I was able to see many different sicknesses that fall on the infants and what a place like Lebonheur does for these little ones. It made me want to be in the field that much more after the day was over. I could not get enough of the little babies. I saw very many hard things, but I also saw the Lord’s hand at work within these children.
“The day will filled learning experiences for Samantha. The shadowing day showed me where the Lord has called me to be in pursuit of my career and it opened my eyes to what I hopefully will be doing in the future,” said Samantha.
Another student, Mikaela Smith also shadowed a professional in the healthcare industry. She spent her day with Bill Flowers, a Nurse Anesthetist at Baptist Hospital. “I arrived around 6:30 that morning to watch Mr. Smith complete paperwork and get into hospital scrubs. Mr.Flowers gave me a complete schedule of the day,” said Makeala. “The patient that day had esophageal cancer and had an esophagectomy to remove the cancerous parts. In the operating room, I watched Mr.Flowers give the patient an epidural and the other necessary anesthesia for the procedure,” she added.
As the surgery went on, Mikaela observed all that the Nurse Anesthetist had to do and what the surgeons did as well. “It was very interesting and I learned a lot from this experience. It gave me good insight on both the job of the surgeon and the nurse,” said Mikaela. “It was a very enlightening experience. I learned so much from this! Mr. Flowers was so welcoming and I now have first-hand knowledge of what happens on a daily basis in the field of Anesthesiology.