KC Graduates Working on the Frontlines of COVID-19
I went to Kettering College because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. I earned my degree in Respiratory Therapy partially because I have an asthmatic brother and grandparents who suffer with COPD. I would have never imagined being involved in a pandemic less than a year after graduation.
But here it was. For three months, I worked in the COVID unit at Sycamore Hospital. It was more challenging, scary, nerve-wracking than I can describe.
But it was also proof that my experience at Kettering College prepared me for the unexpected. Prepared me for the unprecedented. Prepared me to care for people at their most vulnerable. Prepared me for the hardest days. Prepared me to care for patients as well as my peers.
So even though no one could have been fully prepared for COVID-19 and the havoc it would wreak on our healthcare system, economy, schools, and daily life, I was ready to be flexible and perform under pressure. While others were at home under self-quarantine, I was on the frontlines serving patients. Answering tough questions and having even harder conversations with patients with failing health.
The knowledge and competency I gained at Kettering College was part of what helped me through this crisis. My participation in hands-on learning through the simulation lab at Kettering College helped me feel confident in a room with seasoned nurses and providers. The innovation our team experienced was amazing from expanding care options and training additional staff, to adapting to equipment challenges and finding new resources. Being pushed to explore decision-making and problem-solving in my courses helped me look for new approaches to stretch our resources as far as possible.
Nothing could have fully prepared anyone in our field for all of the challenges we faced during COVID, but being trained at Kettering College gave me the knowledge, flexibility, compassion, and dedication to serve on the frontlines.
I'm thrilled to be returning to Kettering College in the fall to earn my doctorate in occupational therapy. I know that my experience will surpass my expectations and that my education will prepare me for what lies ahead.