From a young age, Samantha Nichols knew she wanted to be a nurse after watching her mother graduate from nursing school and begin her career as an orthopedic nurse.
Now, following in her footsteps, she is a student in Carthage’s new Nursing Department working toward her goal of becoming a nurse on an orthopedic or MedSurg unit.
“I chose Carthage because the newly founded Nursing Department is able to provide me with many opportunities and experiences. Because the program is so new, we are working hard to make it an amazing program with the best faculty, facilities, and experiences. The Nursing Department at Carthage is growing quickly and I am so honored to be a part of it.”
“My career goal is to work as a nurse on an orthopedic or MedSurg unit.”
“Prof. Frank Hicks is the director of the Nursing Department and has worked closely with me during my time so far at Carthage. He always provides me with the tools and encouragement I need to preform to my best not only in school, but in life. I know with his guidance I will be an amazing nurse some day.”
“My nursing theory class was by far my favorite class at Carthage. The class taught us the true essence of nursing along with all the fundamentals and principles of nursing.”
“Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals I (BIO 2010) was definitely the hardest class I have taken so far at Carthage. The class required a lot of memorization, but also application of the learned material. Although the class was tough. it taught me study skills that will be beneficial in future classes.”
“I am the president of the Carthage Nursing Student Council so I have been enclosed in many of the developmental aspects of the Nursing Department. Some of the projects I have worked on so far are things such as writing our bylaws, giving input on the design of our simulations lab, and welcoming new students to the program.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“Most of my favorite memories come from J-Term when I took my nursing theory class. It was the first time that all of the nursing students were in one class and it allowed us to bond and learn more about each other.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“I was really surprised by how much involvement I was able to have in the development of the Nursing Department. As a freshman, I never expected to be working directly with the director of the department on such important projects.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I have always known I wanted to be a nurse from a very young age because of my mother. When I was 8 years old she had just graduated from nursing school and was about to begin her career as on orthopedic nurse. I’m sure my 8-year-old self would be very proud of where I am today.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Nursing is known to be the hardest undergraduate degree. My recommendation to other nursing students would be to find a study technique that works for you early on and review material often. Nursing is a major where all of the information builds off of each other so it is important to get a good foundation.”