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For a while now I’ve been wondering what it’s like to work in the medical field. I have already kind of made up my mind to pursue a business career once I’m out of high school. The only thing holding me back is that I enjoy watching, reading, and seeing anything medical related. I like seeing the operations that go on throughout the day or the way doctors and nurses must be able to stay calm and focused throughout many stressful situations. For these reasons, I decided to talk to my cousin Sarah Langworthy. She has been a nurse at the IU Health Arnett Hospital for about five years.

I had one big question coming to mind when I decided to interview her. Was she nervous about starting a big job after college and why? This was important to me because I always think about my life after college. She told me, “Yes, I was very nervous about starting my job out of college. I was mostly afraid of failing and having to find a new job.” This seems fitting as she always tends to think of the big picture. It seems to me that she was nervous, but the fact that she was going to begin her career as a nurse and be on her own was the main thing on her mind.

Almost all of my family went to college, and they all have different views on it. She said, “College was very hard, but it was worth it. I had an amazing support system with my family and friends.”

This gives me a sense of hope for my college experience. If I plan on going to college for anything medical, I’ll probably end up talking to her a lot more about it. When we attended her graduation, she was beaming with excitement while standing with her friends. To this day, they still come along to hangout with her when we go to some family outings. “My social life definitely came second to school but I still made time to do things I wanted.” A social life is definitely important to me because I like to go out with my friends and have a good time. It’s definitely a way to relieve stress after a long week of class.

One thing my cousin was really ecstatic to tell me about was the most exciting things in her job. I would have thought there were some crazy stories about the hospital where she works, but it was more of a heartfelt approach from her. Sarah said, “The most exciting things are helping people everyday. I’ve had patients tell me that their surgery is the ‘first day of the rest of their lives’ and I’m glad I get to be a part of that.”

Another thing about her job is that she gets to travel. I remember her going to Chicago for a week last year in February and New York in the October. She visits these health seminars most of the time, but she visited a hospital in the fall. Her trips last about a week and a half and she always comes back with souvenirs from the places she visits.

Sarah actually brought up my last question before i even asked her. I mentioned a inspiration to her, and what she said really surprised me. “There wasn’t really a person who inspired me to go into nursing.” She’s always wanted to be a nurse ever since she was little according to my aunt. She took anatomy in high school and her clinicals in college. These were stressful but worthwhile for her. “I’m so thankful my family helped me achieve my goal.”

I’m glad we could help her throughout the years. At one time, she even stayed at our house for a while during her winter break from school. I truly think my cousin is a great person for what she does everyday. It takes someone with a lot of character to be a nurse, and she definitely has it.

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