“Now, I am able to discuss confidently my evidence-based patient concerns with the critical care service in my hospital, based on the assessment skills I have learned exclusively from the program.”
— Jan Michael Trinidad (G’15)
Florida resident Jan Michael Trinidad (G’15) earned his BSN in 2010 and is currently enrolled part time in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program. In our latest Student Spotlight, he talks about his experience with Georgetown’s professors and how he’s already applying what he’s learning to his full-time job.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
My eagerness to provide high-quality, professional nursing care in an environment that ignites my adrenaline serves as my guiding principle in choosing an advanced practice nursing field. My patients and my family know how I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment that requires the best of my abilities as a nurse.
I enjoy thinking critically and seeing the positive outcomes of applied, evidence-based practice through a variety of clinical settings. Having the opportunity to work with nurse practitioners, I am convinced that their role in today’s health care is to deliver quality health care and to promote nursing progress by utilizing the unique blend of nursing and medical care.
Why did you want to pursue this particular specialty?
An important aspect of my decision is Georgetown’s’ commitment to promote the advancement of nursing knowledge through evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.
As a nurse, I tend to focus more on the wholeness of the individual by seeing the big picture. This mindset is reminiscent of being in the shoes of a nurse practitioner, at least for 60 hours during my clinical rotation at University of North Florida. One aspect that I will always remember from clinical rotation was how nurse practitioners employ their unique approach to health care, which stresses both care and cure.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
Congratulations! You just made one of the best decisions for a fulfilling, lifelong career path. Always remember to focus on your goal and constantly make strides to provide excellent care to your patients by applying what you have learned here at Georgetown to your daily practice.
In addition, keep in mind that you are not alone. Georgetown University’s excellent student support is always there to guide you whenever possible. The program is tough, but with enough dedication, desire, and determination to finish what you have started, you can overcome challenges along the way.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
2GU is an intuitive program that is user-friendly and straightforward. It took me 10 minutes to get really comfortable with using the program. 2GU is also available for free as an iPhone app. This way you can utilize almost all of its functionality on-the-go! The [app] has improved a lot since I first used it this time last year. I love the “wall” feature, where students and professors can post attachments and other important links for everyone to view. I especially love the live class functionality. The webcam feature makes me feel like I am sitting in a class in front of a college professor; it is jam-packed with technology.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in his or her career?
Compassion for other people is the first characteristic that comes to my mind when identifying an important nursing skill every nurse should possess. By compassion, I mean love, hope, care, and honesty. I know it is close to impossible to teach compassion. Some say it is innate; some say it can be taught.
Regardless of its definition, I think the term nurses should be synonymous with compassionate individuals, since compassion is one of the key ingredients to providing excellent care to patients.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I currently work full time.
In what states have you practiced?
Currently, Florida is the only state I have practiced nursing.
In what departments have you worked?
I have worked in a variety of settings such as rehabilitation, medical-surgical floor, cardiovascular, emergency department, post-trauma, transplant, medical intensive care unit, and surgical intensive care unit.
How old are you?
I am 25 years old.
How long have you been in nursing?
2013 marks my fifth year in nursing.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
I always make sure to exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, and have fun on my days off. My family has always been at my side to support me, as well as my great work peers, especially my nurse manager and educator at the Mayo Clinic in the Florida medical intensive care unit department.
To keep my sanity intact, I listen to my favorite jazz and rock music, I go to church every Sunday with my family, and we pray together every single day. I utilize my iPhone’s calendar for all my current and future task lists, work schedules, assignments, and others to fulfill all my daily obligations and commitments.
Do you have an example you can share of a time when you were able to apply something you’d learned in class to your current job?
I am in my third semester out of seven, and I feel as if I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge to better care for my patients. My knowledge base after taking advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology helped me understand, to a much higher level, the disease continuum and basic treatment strategies.
The Foundations of Health Systems and Policy course broadened my understanding of today’s ever-changing health care status. Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis classes helped me correlate, critically think, and diagnose a variety of disease states based on a patient’s history of presenting illness, objective data, laboratory data and other variable factors. Now, I am able to discuss confidently my evidence-based patient concerns with the critical care service in my hospital, based on the assessment skills I have learned exclusively from the program.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I highly recommend all the Georgetown professors I have had throughout the program. The level of professionalism and dedication they all exhibit are very high. They all share their great clinical experiences, which are all valuable. Thank you all.