Nebraska Methodist College student Molly Bouc is one of the many members of the recently graduated Class of 2014. Bouc graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology. Bouc took time out of her busy schedule to talk about graduation and her future job at the Nebraska Medical Center.
How does it feel to be graduated and have your degree?
It’s definitely a good feeling now having graduated, already having a job right out of school and becoming certified all right in a row.
What are you planning to do with your degree?
I have a job lined up with the Nebraska Medical Center. I actually start really soon. At the Nebraska Medical Center, the orientation is about four months and you go through all of their different specialties. You see where you fit in best and where there are openings. I’m aiming to be part of the neuro team, but that will just depend on how things go with orientation.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in surgical technology?
I wanted to be a surgeon for a long time. I shadowed a surgeon and decided that wasn’t for me. So I looked for other outlets that were still involved in the operating room, and that’s how I found surgical technology.
When I was younger, I had a surgical procedure and I remember looking over when I was laying on the operating room table and I was like, “What are all those instruments?” I asked the lady standing there if I could touch and see the instruments. She said, “No, they’re sterile, I can’t let you do that.” But it’s funny how things in my childhood have come back around. Now, here I am the one who is doing that job. Maybe someday another curious kid like myself will ask me the same question.
Why is working in a career in healthcare important to you?
I’m very passionate about healthcare. I love helping people, seeing a better outcome and knowing that I made a difference. I have a bone tumor in my arm, and so when I was younger, I was exposed to all these different medical areas. I just really wanted to become involved and reach out to other people who have maybe gone through the same thing I did.
What will you remember most about Nebraska Methodist College?
I will remember my instructors most — Jamie Walker and Christy Grant. They became more than just instructors. They became family. Those are things I will always remember — having the opportunity to just go knock on their door and talk to them about my day or things that were going on. They were always there. I first met Christy when I first visited Nebraska Methodist College, and I knew it’d be a good fit for me. Christy reminded me of myself and was someone I wanted to be like.
Now having graduated, what advice would you have for new students?
My advice to new students is to never give up, and if they even have a slight interest, they should definitely explore those interests further. You never know where it might take you. Also, know that what we do is not easy. There are going to be days where it’s hard and you just have to keep pushing through. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Through the Mobile Diabetes Center, Nebraska Methodist College students provide crucial diabetes screenings and education in a wide variety of community settings while gaining valuable experience. Through Omaha Gives!, the community will have an opportunity to support the next generation of the Mobile Diabetes Center.
The Cornbelt Diabetes Connection (CDC), a chapter of Cosmopolitan International, will participate in Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 21, as part of its effort to raise funds for a new Mobile Diabetes Center. The Mobile Diabetes Center is a partnership between CDC and Nebraska Methodist College’s Center for Health Partnerships.
Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area. During the event, supporters can give donations of $10 or more to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Those donations will then be amplified by matching funds and prize money awarded to organizations at the top of the Omaha Gives! leaderboard.
A new Mobile Diabetes Center is expected to cost approximately $350,000. So far, CDC and Nebraska Methodist College have raised $200,000 for the new center from grants and individual donations, leaving about $150,000 left to go.
For more information about Omaha Gives!, visit omahagives24.org.
With graduation just days away, we want to say congratulations to the Nebraska Methodist College Class of 2014. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors as you search for your first jobs, begin new careers or perhaps prepare for graduate study.
If you aren’t graduating this year, now is a great time to take a good look at your friends who are and start taking notes. Take the opportunity to ask them questions and learn from their successes as well as challenges in pursuing their chosen careers.
Before you graduate, here are five things you should do:
- Study. This probably seems obvious, but don’t take this advice for granted. For many Nebraska Methodist College students, your finals won’t be the last tests you have to take. Licensing exams, such as the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for nurses, will follow soon after graduation.
- Job shadow. If you really want to find out what a job is like, shadowing someone for a day is a great way to find out. While job shadowing, you will quickly find out if a job really is or isn’t for you. It’s also a great way to meet people in your future career field, which brings us to our next point…
- Network. Join and participate in the student association or society for your respective career field. Through these organizations you will meet others in your field while gaining great insight into your future career. Also, go to career fairs and recruitment events (even if you have already found a job) to learn about all the opportunities that exist in your career field. Dress nice and bring plenty of résumés. Speaking of résumés…
- Build or update your résumé. Once it’s time to apply for a job, having a current résumé will save you some time because you won’t have to start from scratch. Include all work experience you’ve ever had — not just healthcare-related experience — and clearly list any clinicals or internships you’ve done. Also, update your references. Make sure to personally ask each person you plan to list if they will give you a positive reference. Ask your advisor or a professor to give you feedback on your résumé.
- Have some fun. Yes, classwork comes first, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Once you graduate, you may not see many of your college friends again as your lives and careers take you in different directions. After graduations, things may get a little hectic, so make time to hang out with your friends now.
Kelli Hansen is the chief nursing officer and founder of Advocate Nurses, LLC and the business development coordinator for A Voice 4 U, LLC. She is also a student in Nebraska Methodist College’s Healthcare Operations Management master’s program. Kelli took time out of her busy schedule this week to discuss her career and her passion for patient advocacy.
How long have you worked in healthcare?
I have been involved in the healthcare industry since age 14. I started out as a candy striper volunteer at my local hospital, progressing to becoming a CNA during my undergraduate study and eventually becoming a registered nurse in 1997.
Why are you pursuing a master’s in Healthcare Operations Management?
I am a person who likes to challenge myself to become more educated to continue in my career. I feel that the more educated I can be, the more people I can help and the greater the difference I can make in people’s lives.
Tell us about your positions at Advocate Nurses and A Voice 4 U.
I started Advocate Nurses, LLC in August 2012 after seeing a need for patients and their families to have assistance. They need someone guiding them through the coordination of care and as a voice representing them. As an RN with various experiences, I feel that I have the knowledge and resources to help ease the burdens and stress that families feel when going through healthcare issues. I am the chief nursing officer with Advocate Nurses, LLC. We focus on general nurse consulting services, from medical review to general nursing assessments, and provide advocacy services to clients in need.
Since October 2012, I’ve also worked as a business development coordinator for A Voice 4 U, LLC. We are a new company focusing on healthcare concierge/patient advocacy services. We are hoping to launch this business to the public in 2014. We will provide assistance, referrals and advocate assistance to clients in a number of areas. In addition, we are launching a medical emergency ID card called “ICE” (in case of emergency), a cloud-based medical database and a children’s educational medical game. I focus on bringing in new business, investors and opportunities with other partnerships, in addition to being very involved with the clinical side and other important aspects of company development working closely with the president of the company. Once the company launches, my role within the company will likely expand to include advocacy and potentially as a franchise owner.
What makes you so passionate about patient advocacy?
I have experienced the personal loss of family members and have seen medical errors being made with family and friends. I have a passion for helping people in general. I have seen many families struggle with nowhere to turn for help and no one advocating for the patient’s or the family’s needs. Oftentimes, patients don’t have family or they are far away, and this leaves the patient to struggle on their own or the families burdened to try and help from many miles away with no one to assist. I want to ease that burden and make a difference in people’s lives.
What do you enjoy most about working in healthcare?
I always knew that I wanted to be a part of healthcare. My grandmother was a nurse in the days of white caps and dresses. I grew up seeing what an impact one person can make on someone’s life. It’s not an easy career sometimes, and at times, it can be thankless. But when I go to bed at night knowing that I enriched one person’s life that day, it’s a great feeling. I love health and medicine in general and solving issues to improve someone’s life. I can’t explain it exactly, it’s just part of who I am; I think it’s been in my blood since the day I was born.
What do you do like to do with your free time?
I love to spend time with my husband and my five-year-old adopted daughter. We enjoy going to the zoo, going to Kansas City on trips, flower gardening, going on hikes and picnics, and exploring new places. Of course, that sometimes includes shopping.
Read Kelli Hansen’s article “Examining the History of Medicare and Long-Term Care Planning,” which was recently published in Inner Circle Executive Magazine.