Message from Alumni
Josh Neagle, RN BSN
University of Maine- School of Nursing Class of December 2010 (Click here to read about Josh)
Spencer Pelkey, UMaine BSN class of 2012, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in May, 2012. During his years as a UMaine nursing student, Spencer also served as a Cadet in the UMaine Army ROTC program where he benefitted from an outstanding military nursing learning experience in the Intensive Care Unit of Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu after his junior-year of the BSN program.
Spencer visited us in Dunn Hall this summer (2012) while serving as a Gold Bar recruiter with the UMaine Army ROTC program. He passed the RN licensure exam in May 2012 and he is now on his way to a Basic Officer Leadership Course. Upon completion of that course, he will report to his duty station, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Gordon, in Georgia. Spencer expects to go on for additional specialized nursing education in the U.S. Army after gaining experience at Eisenhower Medical Center.
Spencer is from Millinocket, Maine and graduated from Sterns High School. His older brother has recently enlisted in the U.S. Army.
The School of Nursing faculty and Spencer’s fellow students are proud of his UMaine and military accomplishments – and we are equally proud to know that U.S. Army troops will be well-served by a UMaine School of Nursing graduate.
May 2010 MSN Graduate
Jennifer Murphy Beal, MSN story in the September 2011 issue of Downeast Coastal Press
My professional nursing career began June 7, 2010, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. As Maine’s only Magnet awarded community hospital, I knew I was in a great place. I felt privileged to be joining a well-versed team of colleagues, some with decades of experience. With my future goals to pursue a career in a specialty area on hold, I was looking forward to the opportunity to develop a vast array of skills on the Medical/Surgical unit. The first three months of my new graduate transition was spent providing direct patient care under the guidance and supervision of a few select preceptors. By the end of August, my Nursing Supervisor and colleagues gave me the reassurance I needed as they told me “Lynne, I think you’re ready to fly solo”. Flying solo I did, but not without my flock in the periphery. The first few weeks I spent on my own allowed me to realize that even after orientation had ended I was never alone. The endless support from my coworkers allowed me to practice autonomously, yet help was never far away. The greatest lesson I learned in my first year transition from student to professional nurse was that all nurses, regardless of experience, never have all the answers. Medicine and nursing practice is ever changing, and the most important notion to understand is that a quality nurse is not defined by their infinite knowledge, but by their resourcefulness and knowing where to turn to for further guidance. Nursing as an entity is a team effort.
In June 2011, I celebrated the one year anniversary of my professional career. In reflecting on my journey I was pleased to feel as though I had experienced great joy and triumph during the most difficult year of transition. I cared for an array of patients with complex medical needs, each sharing a unique lesson of life and nursing that I will carry with me throughout my career. In addition to my work as a direct care nurse, I also serve on the Mid Coast Hospital Magnet Steering Committee, the Professional Practice Documentation Committee, and am proud to say I will be serving as a preceptor for one of UMaine’s most recent alumni during Mid Coast Hospital’s 2011 Nurse Residency pilot program!
Brittany Hill (BSN 2010) recently sent an update from Washington, DC, to Dr. Ann Sossong, Associate Professor of Nursing. Brittany received the Clinical Excellence Award from Eastern Maine Medical Center when she graduated in May 2010. Brittany is now in Washington, DC, having been accepted into a highly competitive educational program in emergency nursing.
“Like many of my fellow nursing students, when I began nursing school I was nervous, unsure, and questioning where in the nursing profession I would “fit in.” One day my life changed, I accepted a job as a nursing technician at Eastern Maine Medical Center in the Emergency Department. Within a few days I witnessed patients with traumatic injuries, myocardial infarctions, respiratory distress, and other complicated conditions. From that day forward, my love for the specialty of emergency care and the nursing profession truly began. I went on to complete 420 clinical hours of my senior partnership at EMMC, knowing that I would do everything I could to work in an emergency setting as a new graduate, no matter how many people said I would need more experience. After graduating with my BSN in May 2010, I worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center in the Emergency Department for 7 months. Each day I was challenged intellectually, continued to learn with and be supported by experienced peers, and followed my dreams. I recently uprooted my life to challenge myself further by starting a 14 week Emergency and Critical Care Residency at the Level I trauma facility, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. I feel so blessed to have this experience that provides focused classroom time dedicated to furthering my education in emergency nursing. As I look back on my experiences as an undergraduate nursing student, I am thankful for those who prepared me in the care of patients with complex critical illness, and for those who saw my curiosity and excitement in emergency nursing — always encouraging me to dream big, follow my passion, and continue learning.”
Family Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Bresett (UMaine MSN Class of 2005) has served as a primary care provider with Acadia Family Health in Madawaska, Maine, for 5 years. Jennifer (on the right of photo), from Van Buren, is one of four Bresett siblings who earned their Masters degrees in nursing from UMaine; all four are family nurse practitioners and three of them are in practices in Aroostook County. Jennifer generously served as clinical preceptor for another Aroostook County nurse, Sonya Poiesz, in Fall semester 2010. Sonya (on the left of photo) will graduate from the UMaine MSN-FNP program on May 7, 2011, and she will give birth to her fourth child soon after that! During a clinical site visit, course instructor Nancy Fishwick was pleased to observe Sonya conduct a patient’s health interview and physical examination entirely in French for the ease of her French-speaking patient. The Acadia Family Health Center is located in the former elementary school that Jennifer and Sonya attended years ago. In fact, their office suite is in their former 5th grade classroom area!