As a patient and nurse, RN to BSN grad has wide perspective

In 2018, right in the middle of the spring semester, Olivia Cuevas Lynch ’19 underwent open heart surgery.

When she reflects on that time, she admits it was difficult. Although, it was also a time where she felt immense pride in her own tenacity toward earning her B.S.N. 程度上通过 Immaculata’s RN to B.S.N. 程序. She explains that she had to write an exhausting paper for her class in Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill, work a full-time job, continue to heal her body and juggle doctor appointments.

“I knew that this was the career I was truly meant to be in,她说. “我的意思是, who else would put themselves through all this stress if they did not truly want to be in this field.”

Beginning her career as a certified 护理 assistant, Olivia became an RN and then an LPN and worked for 18 years in the telemetry/oncology stroke unit at Lankenau Medical Center before she transferred to Paoli Hospital Cancer Center.

Although the coursework was rigorous, returning to school after a lengthy time away was an initial concern for Olivia. 然而, her very first 护理 professor, 南希·贝瑞, made her feel comfortable and excited to be back in the classroom. She started taking classes at Lankenau with their cohort but once she switched jobs, she joined the cohort at Springfield Hospital. Surrounded by 护理 classmates who were also navigating work, classes and family life, Olivia found it easy to relate to them and make friends.

“Immaculata allowed me to take classes while working full-time and accommodated me however they could,她说. This was especially true during her illness. She explains that she originally had a pacemaker inserted and then ended up needing heart surgery. Olivia’s frequent hospitalizations to combat atrial fibrillation required her to stop-out of classes temporarily to tend to her health.

Her experience in the B.S.N. 程序 was so positive that Olivia wanted to share the pinnacle of her achievement with her family. Relatives from the Philippines came to celebrate her graduation, as they were a part of her 教育al journey that started there many years ago. Her parents were both dentists in the Philippines and Olivia was enrolled in dentistry school before the family immigrated in 1991 to the U.S., settling in California for three years. Family already living in California and working in the 护理 field encouraged Olivia to pursue a 护理 career.

Oliva says that her position as a medical oncology nurse is extremely gratifying. She finds fulfillment by providing relief to suffering cancer patients. This is important to her, both professionally and personally, because she watched her mother battle breast cancer for 21 years. 在此期间, she and her family were grateful for the expertise and support the nurses showed her mother. Since Olivia has been working at Paoli, her patients and their families wrote many letters of gratitude and thanks to her too. “It is humbling to know that people feel the same way about me now—the way I felt for my mother’s nurses during her battle,奥利维亚说.

作为护士, family member of a patient, and finally as a patient herself, Olivia’s perspective provides her with a full spectrum of care. Her patients are very fortunate.


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