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Congratulations to the Golden Owl Winners!

Click below to learn more about the Golden Owl Students of the Month!

 

April 2016 - Kiersten Wiseburn

March 2016 - Nicole Sinnett

November 2015 - Sarah Koontz

October 2015 - Mary Hale & Kelly Dittrich

August/September 2015 - Anna Roberto

July 2015 - Jen Stoffer

May/June 2015 - Lauren O'Neal

April 2015 - Ragan Kirksey

 

 

 April 2016 - Kiersten Wiseburn 

Kiersten Wiseburn

What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 

I decided to pursue a degree in nursing because it combined my fascination with the human body and how it works, and my compassion for others.

Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 

I chose Aultman College because it is best for my learning for me to be in at a smaller school. I also have two older sisters who graduated from Aultman and became great nurses because of the education they received here.

You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student?

I feel that quality, integrity, caring and knowledge are all important for me to possess as a health sciences student because if I were lacking any one of these qualities I would not be able to provide the best possible care to my patient. It is always important to do your highest quality work, whether it be in the classroom or on the clinical floor because our patients deserve the best care that we can give them. I always work with integrity because I deserve to be proud of the work that I do. If I wasn’t a caring individual then nursing would certainly not be the career for me, and knowledge is the basis of all that I do as a future nurse. 

Favorite Food: Chinese

Favorite TV Show: Chopped

Favorite Song: Tattoos on This Town by Jason Aldean

Favorite Class (so far): Foundations One Lab, this is where I learned my first skills as a nurse.  

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Don’t ever give up on yourself, and give your all to everything that you do.

 

 

 March 2016 - Nicole Sinnett

Nicole Sinnett

Favorite Food: Cheese

Favorite TV Show: Bones

Favorite Song: Glorious Unfolding by Stephen Curtis Chapman

Favorite Book: The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

Favorite Class (so far): Anatomy and Physiology (It is the backbone of every other nursing class you will take!)

Best Advice For First Semester Students: My advice is to first of all be confident in yourself. The second is to not just memorize the information you learn in class. You need to understand why things happen so that you can treat the problem. Each class is a building block that you build on with each class you take. Third, do NOT be afraid to ask for help, ask questions in class, or make an appointment to see your instructor. The instructors are here to teach you and help you learn and understand. They care about you and are invested in your career as a nurse. Don’t beat yourself up if you answer a question wrong, this is how you learn. Explain your thought process of how you got the answer and ask where you went wrong so that you can correct your thought process and understanding. Lastly, take responsibility for your education, knowledge, and actions. You are ultimately the only person that can get you through nursing school. You will find a particular way that you study and learn best and never deviate from that system. You will find the right study partners, and you will lean on each other for support and encouragement. Take your time going through the program, and absorb all the knowledge that you are being given. You can do this, and you will be great! Good luck!

 

  • November 2015 - Sarah Koontz

 Sarah Koontz

  1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 
    I love people and I also love helping people. I have always been interested in the nursing field, ever since I can remember! Obtaining a nursing degree allows me to have a rewarding and meaningful career in the future.

  2. Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 
    Aultman has always been known for it's prestige status as a hospital and I felt the college had to match that to some degree, and it has. I also talked to a few people I know that were in the program when I applied and they had nothing but great things to say about this school.

  3. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student?
    These are so important because without these characteristics, I feel it is very hard to provide good and safe care to a patient.You have to be caring to patients and allow them to feel comfortable in their environment. I always try to put myself in the patient's shoes and gain empathy from doing so. Knowledge is probably the most important, as without it, we could really harm someone. It's important to use your resources to make sure you know what you are doing. Use anything or anyone you can to make sure you are keeping your patient safe!

  4. Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.)
    My family is amazing and extremely supportive of me. They are always there to give me a pep talk! I couldn't go through this program without them. I have two golden retrievers that are like my children, their names are Griffin and Gus. A hobby of mine is running, it's what I do to decrease the stress in my life and stay active. I love participating in races anywhere in length from 5k's to 10 milers.

Favorite Food: anything mexican

Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Song: Not one specific!

Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones

Favorite Class (so far): Foundations 1 and 2 where we learned the skills you'll use for the rest of your career! Really made me feel like a nurse!

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Don't always listen to everyone when they tell you how hard or impossible a class is to pass, focus on your own skills and your own knowledge and keep a positive attitude. Trust yourself! Take everything one step at a time and don't stress out about how many more classes you have to take or look too far ahead. Focus on the here and the now and it'll make all the difference!

 

 

 

October 2015 - Kelly Dittrich & Mary Hale

Kelly Dittrich Mary Hale     

KELLY DITTRICH

  1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 
    I have a compassion for caring for others, I have a big,welcoming heart for everyone. Nursing is a career that allows a person to pass compassion to another when they are most in need. 

  2. Why did you select Aultman College for your education?
    Aultman was very close to home, they have a great reputation. They also offer an opportunity that is being connected to the hospital.

  3. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health scences student?
    All of these characteristics are important because they all play a role in being a nurse. They have a connection to nursing. It takes a special person to have all these traits and to be able to demonstrate them as a whole. You have to care about what you are doing and the career you are pursuig.

  4. Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.) 
    I enjoy hunting and fishing. I currently work at an assisted living facility.

Favorite Food: Big salad with Italian dressing

Favorite TV Show: House

Favorite Song: I walk the line: Johnny Cash

Favorite Book: Critical Care: Theresa Brown Nineteen Minutes: Jodi Picoult

Favorite Class (so far): Foundation II

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Get involved as much as you can/ make friends with upper classmen

 

MARY HALE

1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 

I spent a lot of time after high school unsure of what career to pursue. After I graduated I moved to Pittsburgh for a few year and then to Atlanta for another year before returning home to Ohio. During theses years I mainly worked food service jobs but when I moved home I found a job as a home health aide. I spent 9 months assisting an elderly man with Parkinson's disease. I got so much enjoyment out o getting to know him and helping him that I decided to look into being a nurse.

 

2. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student

I think that these qualities are important for us as health science students because they are what will be expected of us when we graduate and enter the nursing field. Aultman is preparing us for our careers and by expecting and appreciating these qualities the transition from student to Nurse will be a little smoother patients lives will be in our hands patient care comes first sometimes profit driven medical world 

 

Favorite Food: I have so many favorites but Chinese food definitely tops the list.

Favorite Song: I don’t have a favorite song but I really love country music.

Favorite Book: I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

Favorite Class (so far): My favorite class so far is Foundations 1 lab. I like that I am getting the chance to work hand on.  

Best Advice For First Semester Students: I'm not very far into the program myself, but if I could go back and give myself advice when I first started I would say don’t be too scared or intimidated. Make sure you take care of yourself and find your balance between family, friends, and studying. Also don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help when you need it.

 

 

 August/September 2015 - Anna Roberto

Anna Roberto

Anna has been nominated by two college staff members for demonstrating the values of Integrity and Caring. “Anna always goes above and beyond in her role. Even though she ultimately wants to become a nurse, Anna takes pride and ownership in her work as an Aultman College student worker. She is dependable, pleasant, and always willing to go the extra mile. I appreciate Anna’s eagerness to help wherever she is needed. ”

  1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 
    When I was 15yrs old, I had to have extensive back surgery because I was diagnosed with a spinal curvature. I went through a 15hr surgery at University Hospitals in Cleveland and spent a week in the hospital. The main morning nurse I had treated me with such kindness and compassion, she made the whole ordeal a lot better for me.
    After our encounter, I realized that I wanted to be that kind of change in someone else’s life as well. So I purused my dream of becoming a nurse. I had a few hiccups along the way, and ended up becoming a Nurse Aid for a while. Being in this position, it really gave me an eye opening experience to the medical field, through that position I knew there was no other career for me then Nursing.

  2. Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 
    I started out at Kent State Stark, and I really just was unhappy their. I didn’t like their program set up, and I always just felt more like a number then an actual person. It was during my time there that I had my “hiccups” and became unsure if Nursing was going to be the right career for me. I left college and obtained my Nurse Aid license and worked for a while. The Nurse Aid position restored my faith in wanting to be a Nurse. But when I tried Kent State Stark once more, I still was unhappy their so I pursued another school. I was told by a friend about Aultman’s program, and I have loved it here ever since. I feel like a person not just a number and I love the smaller class sizes. I come from being in catholic schooling my whole life, so the large class numbers bothered me at Kent because I couldn’t even get to know my instructor or vice versa

  3. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health science’s student? 
    These values are important because they represent not only Aultman Hospital and Aultman College, but they represent what your career will be built upon. You cannot be a nurse and not have these characteristics; Kindness to your patients, Integrity to your work, Caring to the families of those in the hospital and the patient, and Knowledge of the work you do to make a difference in the lives that come your way.
    These values will be with you as a Nurse for your entire career, no matter where you work. Fulfilling what they mean now will only make you a better person when you graduate and start your career.
    I was raised with many morals as a child, and I was raised to respect my elders. So these values that represent the school and the hospital to me are morals to be proud to follow, and I am so honored that I was chosen as someone who represent them.

  4. Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.) 
    I am a huge Marvel movie fan, Captain America being my favorite. I am also a huge book reader; I don’t get much done during school semesters other than my textbook material. But during break I will try to get through as many or as much of a book as I can.
    My friends are my family, and my family is very small but we are very close. My Dad has been my biggest support in my journey to become a Nurse; and my “children” are my three cats who act like human’s and are just as spoiled as human children. My other hobbies include swimming, being outside, and just having fun when I can.

Favorite Food: Mac-N-Cheese

Favorite TV Show: I have many of these, but right now I’d say The Blacklist

Favorite Song: Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Favorite Book: Tiger’s Curse Series

Favorite Class (so far): Anatomy and Physiology

Best Advice For First Semester Students: You have to work for the grades in any class you take. Doing the bare minimum will not just “get you by”, it’s a tough and competitive program. But this program will prepare you for your career. Just because someone said they didn’t study a lot for an exam doesn’t mean you should either. Base your decision on how comfortable you feel with the material. Even if you don’t get the A, the harder you try the higher your grade will stay, teachers know the ones who are actually trying and the ones who are not.

 

July 2015 - Jen Stoffer

Jen Stoffer

Jen has been nominated by a hospital staff member for demonstrating values of Caring and Knowledge. “Jen was at CCC on 4/1/2015, in the afternoon. We had a family member walk out of a room and pass out cold on the floor. Our CCC staff were responding and checking on the man and Jen knelt on the floor next to the gentleman the whole time and talked to him and very appropriately asked him questions regarding orientation to make sure he was ok. I was very impressed by her response to the whole situation and how she stepped up despite being a student and assisted the nurses in caring for the gentleman. The rest of our staff was also impressed.”

 

May/June 2015 - Lauren O'Neal

Lauren has been nominated by a hospital staff member for demonstrating values of Quality, Caring, Integrity and Knowledge. “Lauren came over to rehab this morning to borrow an IV pole.  Upon arriving on the rehab unit, she noticed and responded to an emergency light.  She, without hesitating, assisted me in performing CPR on one of our patients that had arrested.  She quietly left the unit after all was completed.  She was highly professional and proficient.  I believe she should be recognized for going above and beyond with no expectation other than doing what’s right for the patient.  I later went to the TCC unit to thank her.”

1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 

I have always had a desire to help people and educate the community on health and wellness. When I finish my degree at Aultman, I want to obtain my MSN from Kent State University and educate youth and teens on safe sex, STD prevention, and mental health awareness. 

 

2. Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 
I wanted a hands-on learning experience in a health care setting. With Aultman hospital being right across the catwalk, the locale and knowledgable teaching staff made it an easy choice. 

 

3. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student?
As students, we are here to learn what it takes and the knowledge necessary to become a critically thinking, well-educated nurse. I think some people get consumed with their grades and trying to pass, which is very important, but during clinical experience the patients need to be a priority because it reflects well on Aultman College and Aultman Hospital. I feel that good nurses do their job but great nurses go above and beyond what others do to help their patient as much as possible. 

 

4. Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.)
I work at a local restaurant as a server and love every second of it! I am s proud aunt of three adorable nieces and a super cute nephew. I enjoy working out, binge watching Netflix, babysitting, going on brewery tours and beer tastings, and spending time with my boyfriend and family. 

 

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Song: Anything from Michael Jackson

Favorite Book: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" By Dr. Seuss 

Favorite Class (so far): Medical Surgical Nursing I with Dr. Benzel 

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Don't take on too much. Everyone wants to finish their degree as fast as possible with the "C's get degrees" attitude but the stress and pressure will get to you. TAKE YOUR TIME! There is nothing wrong with spacing your classes out so you can get better grades.
 

 

April 2015 - Ragan Kirksey

Ragan Kirksey

Ragan has been nominated by a hospital staff member for

demonstrating values of Quality and Caring. A patient made a call through the Aultman Helpline and commented: “Ragan is compassionate, superb, service was beyond words, outstanding!!”

  1. What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 
    I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse, even at a young age, as odd as that may sound. I remember having an innate sense of responsibility to care for others. My life situations and experiences have led me to pursue my passion in nursing! I look forward to making a difference in people’s lives!

  1. Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 
    I have always heard great things about Aultman’s Nursing Program from friends who have graduated from here. It is known as having a quality reputation in the community. I also like the fact that it is a 2 year program, this way I can earn my degree and start working as opposed to going to a traditional school and waiting for 4 years.
  1. You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student?
    I believe these are values that everyone should possess, not just a health sciences student. However, for anyone working in health care, we are responsible for promoting health, healing, and hope in patients. Caring characterizes our commitment to the common good. Integrity is about doing the right thing without conditions or limitations. Knowledge serves as a basis for nursing practice; this deepens, extends and helps generate new knowledge and theories that continue to build in health care. I believe quality refers to the services provided in a way consistent with current professional knowledge, increasing the likelihood of desired health outcomes.

  1. Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.)
    I don’t get a lot of free time but when I do, I love going to dinner’s with my friends. I also enjoy watching movies and going to the movie theatre. There’s something about cozying up on the couch and watching a good movie or reading a great book! Those who know me know that I am a HUGE Pittsburgh Steelers fan! I try to attend as many games as I can! Having family and friends with season tickets has its perks!

 

Favorite Food: Beef Roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and cream of mushroom soup!

Favorite TV Show: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Nashville, Empire, Sons of Anarchy, Red Band Society.

Favorite Song: I can’t just pick one! I’m very eclectic when it comes to my music, thanks to my parents! One of my favorite bands of all time is Aerosmith! It all depends on my mood! As soon as I hear Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” it instantly makes me want to sing… And I don't sing!

Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Purpose Driven Life, anything by Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham

Favorite Class (so far): Foundations 1, at the time it seemed very overwhelming and a lot to take in being a new nursing student but the instructors made the learning experience more enjoyable.

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Don’t get behind! Don’t say to yourself “I’ll study later.” Make it a priority! Do not be afraid to ask for help! There a lot of people who are willing to assist you in whatever way they can to ensure you do well and succeed!

 

 

1.      What led to your decision to pursue your degree? 
I love people and I also love helping people. I have always been interested in the nursing field, ever since I can remember! Obtaining a nursing degree allows me to have a rewarding and meaningful career in the future.

 

 

2.      Why did you select Aultman College for your education? 
Aultman has always been known for it's prestige status as a hospital and I felt the college had to match that to some degree, and it has. I also talked to a few people I know that were in the program when I applied and they had nothing but great things to say about this school.



 

3.      You were nominated based on your demonstration of the Aultman College values of Quality, Integrity, Caring and Knowledge. Why do you feel these characteristics are important for a health sciences student?

These are so important because without these characteristics, I feel it is very hard to provide good and safe care to a patient.You have to be caring to patients and allow them to feel comfortable in their environment. I always try to put myself in the patient's shoes and gain empathy from doing so. Knowledge is probably the most important, as without it, we could really harm someone. It's important to use your resources to make sure you know what you are doing. Use anything or anyone you can to make sure you are keeping your patient safe!

 

4.      Is there any personal information you would like to share in this article?  (information about family, hobbies, etc.) 

My family is amazing and extremely supportive of me. They are always there to give me a pep talk! I couldn't go through this program without them. I have two golden retrievers that are like my children, their names are Griffin and Gus. A hobby of mine is running, it's what I do to decrease the stress in my life and stay active. I love participating in races anywhere in length from 5k's to 10 milers.

 






Please share the following:
 

 

Favorite Food: anything mexican

Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Song: Not one specific!

Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones

Favorite Class (so far): Foundations 1 and 2 where we learned the skills you'll use for the rest of your career! Really made me feel like a nurse!

Best Advice For First Semester Students: Don't always listen to everyone when they tell you how hard or impossible a class is to pass, focus on your own skills and your own knowledge and keep a positive attitude. Trust yourself! Take everything one step at a time and don't stress out about how many more classes you have to take or look too far ahead. Focus on the here and the now and it'll make all the difference!

 

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