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Why I chose Plattsburgh: SUNY Plattsburgh admits directly into the nursing major, unlike other programs that may have entrance exams or GPA requirements after you’ve already attended for a few semesters. It was close enough to home that I could travel back and forth easily, but far enough to feel independent as well.
What I love about the nursing program: The clinical settings and patient interaction. From the first nursing class, you get experience with patients and the community. Each patient teaches you something new, whether you realize it at the time or not. In clinical, instructors are helpful and guide without holding your hand which fosters independence. The small size of the program allows for personal attention to every student and develops a close-knit family of students and professors.
What I’ve gained here: A wealth of new knowledge, countless skills, confidence in my nursing and communication abilities, and life-long friends.
Other activities involved in: I am involved in the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International. I also do work-study on campus.
Why I chose Plattsburgh: I wanted to go to school for nursing and Plattsburgh has a stellar reputation for this program. Along with being awarded a merit scholarship, the choice was an easy one.
What I love about the nursing program: I love the clinical setting and the desire that many professors have for their students to do well. I have learned a tremendous amount of both nursing and perception skills during my clinical time and much of that has stemmed from my professors pushing me to do my greatest and to succeed.
What I’ve gained here: I have gained the skill and knowledge to be a nurse as well as a lifelong profession that I am proud to be a part of.
Other activities involved in: I am involved in the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International. I also work on campus as a building supervisor. I have sat on the curriculum committee and have also been a tour guide for the admissions department.
In Medical Surgical Nursing I, we learn about many of the different processes that go on within the different systems of the body. Topics include diabetes, inflammation and infection, pain management, fluid electrolyte and acid-base imbalances, cancer, surgery, stroke, and last but not least, respiratory tract disorders. It is really interesting to be able to learn about these and then apply them to patients within the clinical setting. This is the semester where I was able to connect to and understand the field of nursing and what it means to integrate knowledge, caring, and compassion towards patients.
Every Wednesday before our clinical rotation, we perform patient research at CVPH on a patient that we would be caring for the next day. The next morning the clinical group of about 6 students come together to have pre-conference about the patients and discuss what the patients are experiencing, why they are experiencing it, and what the current plan of care is. My clinical instructor also goes through the research with me that morning in pre-conference so that together we can analyze the disease process, possible ways to help the patient, and different skills and assessments that will be implemented that day.
Nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh is not only great for learning and applying nursing aspects in the classroom and clinical setting, but is also a great place for students to be involved in the community. Through the Student Nurses Association at Plattsburgh State (SNAPS) we help our community by engaging in walks, collecting cans and bottles, volunteering in local nursing homes, and participating in nursing conventions. We also help our fellow nursing students by hosting picnics, and potlucks which help brings us together. It is a great organization that gives nursing students at SUNY Plattsburgh a sense of prestige and opens our minds up to other aspects of nursing that we may not see within the clinical setting.
If you would like more information about nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig, Chairperson
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Office: Hawkins Hall 209B
Phone: (518) 564-3124
Fax: (518) 564-3100
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Plattsburgh, NY 12901