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December 2017: Senior wants to nurture joyful spirt in sick kids


Bethany Flournoy

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Griffin, Georgia

Academics and activities: President’s List, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Panhellenic Executive Board, Vice President of Sorority Recruitment, top-20 volunteer at GIVE Center, GC Association of Nursing Students and GC Miracle

Externship and job offered: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Egleston Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta.

Why pediatric nursing: “I’ve just always had a heart for kids. A lot of people are really scared by it. You have a lot of really sick kids, and they can be fine one minute and not the next. Even the kids are scared, and they feel everyone’s afraid of them, because they’ve got tubes coming out of every-which end. But you don’t have to be afraid of them. Just sit there and talk to them. Kids know what’s going on, and the way they deal with it is so different than adults. They have a more joyful spirit. Seeing how they overcome gives you a sense of hope that, if they can do it, if you’re having a bad day, you can make it through too.”

Lesson learned: “Before college, it was my way or the highway and I was schedule-oriented. Something you learn in nursing school and college is that’s not how life works. You’ve got to compensate somewhere. You may not have a great day, and you may not succeed in something, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end. You’ll have another chance to make it better.”

Seeing college end: “It’s weird thinking it’s the end of my time here. It went by so fast. What I’ll miss the most are the relationships I’ve made here. Not only with friends, but with faculty. For a lot of my friends at bigger schools – they don’t have that support and true mentors. To have someone older than you, who wants to help you and not feel like it’s a job – that’s special."

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