Experiments Confirm Cassady’s Nursing Degree

“From the start, I knew I wanted to do something where I could use my skills to help others. This healthcare profession is ever-changing, practical and requires compassion and care,” said Parker Cassady, a senior at WKU Glasgow.

Cassady said he knew he wanted to pursue a profession that would be both challenging and rewarding, and a situation within his family confirmed his decision.

“During the last few weeks of my study abroad experience, I was informed that my grandmother was seriously ill in the intensive care unit located in my hometown. week earlier from Australia to be with her and to support my family,” Cassady said.

At that time, he had just spent nearly five months at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

“Although it was a very difficult time, the interactions my family and I had with the nurses in the intensive care unit ultimately helped me decide to become a nurse. They were so caring and informative and gave us time to make decisions about my grandmother’s health. She died in hospital and a few weeks later I made the decision to become a nurse.

Cassady explained that studying abroad helped him understand what he wanted to do with his future career and made him stronger as an individual. “I was immersed in a different culture, which broadened my view of the world.” He had visited the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, Sydney and Adelaide before returning home to be with his family.

Once Cassady made the leap to join the nursing program, he was able to learn inside and outside of the classroom.

“As a nursing student, we participate in a variety of clinical experiences and an advanced internship. In clinic and practicum, we are part of the healthcare team in a variety of settings, including the hospital,” Cassady explained. “My senior internship, in particular, allowed me to apply what I learned in class to practice. I was fortunate to be placed at the TJ Samson Community Hospital where I worked in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit alongside an excellent preceptor and an excellent health care team. I was able to both observe and participate in the management of a very relevant health situation.

Cassady also highlighted her High Acuity for Nurses course. “This course focuses on nursing in a critical care setting. Since I intend to work in an intensive care unit, this course has been both enjoyable and beneficial for me in my future career. »

Attending Delta Tau Delta and being part of the Mahurin Honors College also helped shape his WKU experience.

“During my years in my fraternity, I have been fortunate to have met many lifelong friends and served on the Board of Directors throughout my active membership as Director of Standards. This experience challenged me and allowed me to further develop my skills as a leader.

Cassady added that Honors College has become an exceptional outlet to meet people and broaden one’s education. “As an honors student, I performed several augmentations and presentations for various classes. These experiences forced me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to think more critically.

During his four years at WKU, Cassady had the honor of being named to the President’s List seven times and to the Dean’s List once. The WKU appoints students with a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 semesters to the President’s list, and those with a GPA of 3.4 to 3.79 join the Dean’s list. Cassady was also named to the WKU Greek Hall of Fame.

On May 5, Cassady will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has already accepted a position as a registered nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). After gaining some critical care experience, he plans to complete a doctoral program to become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

To learn more about the WKU nursing program, visit wku.edu/nursing.

To learn more about WKU’s Mahurin Honors College, visit wku.edu/honors/.

#WKUGrad series: As part of our #WKUGrad series, articles about graduating students are shared in the weeks leading up to the start. Find all their stories on https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=default&categoryid=799&multinewsid=187

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