New Semester, New Rotation Venue & Excitement vs. Nervousness

Student NurseOn a physiological level, excitement and nervousness act very similarly in the body.  Starting clinical rotation in a new venue with a new instruction and a different group of students produces both…

Our car-poolers were no different than I was heading up to the medical center.  Were we going to find our way there?  How were we going to navigate the car park, the supply rooms, the med-surg floor?

Fortunately, we were met with a great deal of help and support.  There was less nail-biting once we met our preceptor, our guide-nurse and received our fancy student badges.  (Huzzah!)  We were reassured that we were not in it alone, that we would encourage each other and come to rely on the strengths and support of our cohorts who will, inevitably, become some of our closest allies this semester…

It is an exciting semester that we begin.  Fresh.  Newbies.  Probies.  Attending to the needs of our clients and delving into unexplored areas of learning.  It is a challenge and an opportunity and reframing our nervousness as excitement is the first step to walking confidently into a patient’s room and being the support that our clients need us to be



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About Heather Swift

Heather “Swifty” Swift has been Kicking mAss since 1998. At 28 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a recently single mom with two small babies on her hip. After completing treatment with the thought that cancer was in her rear view mirror she worked, locally, as a volunteer for Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance doing community outreach to be certain that no one faced cancer alone. In 2005, she had a secondary diagnosis of breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation, which only amped up her commitment to creating positive change and to becoming a strong and effective advocate for the young adult cancer community. Now, at age 42, Swifty, her partner, Brian, and her two teenage children work together locally, nationally and internationally to advocate for change. Swifty regularly meets with legislators to work towards tangible change in health care, legislation that addresses the needs of cancer patients, care-partners, and families. She works directly with clinicians, medical/nursing students, youth & college students, cancer support organizations and others to educate them about the special needs of young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. Swifty is passionate about providing support by connecting people living with cancer to resources, to other cancer survivors, and to mobilizing and training individuals and groups to find their inner advocate. Swifty currently works with a number of amazing, hand-selected organizations, which provide her with opportunities to educate, to advocate, and to change the conversation about cancer and to work to bring an end to the disease. A few include: LiveSTRONG, mAss Kickers, Imerman Angels, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Dusty Showers & The Second Basemen, and Stupid Cancer. Swifty is an oncology nursing student in upstate New York, loves time with her family, paddling sports, and peanut butter. She is a Virgo, but not the really anal-retentive type. Her strange fascination with superheroes makes her popular in geek circles, but it can be endearing. Swifty will be riding a llama across Oregon in July of 2012 and really does believe we can achieve and end to cancer and in world peace. Motto: Never Give Up! Favorite quote: “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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