Jonathan Pickering, '16
August 17, 2015
Jonathan Pickering, a nursing major who plans to graduate in the spring, came to Muskingum from Ashland, Ohio. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Jonathan was also drawn to the campus because of his contact with football and track and field coaches.
In addition to being involved on campus – he is the Vice President of his fraternity, a member of the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) and a staff manager for Brewed Awakenings, a weekly campus coffeehouse – Jonathan is also a trained volunteer EMT and firefighter.
In order to become certified as an EMT and firefighter, Jonathan had to take over 160 hours of classes and pass a test. He completed all of this training in addition to taking a full course load on campus!
Jonathan chose nursing as his career because he felt it was a field that offered a lot of opportunities and professional challenges. He has seen how his nursing degree and EMT training complement each other: “Nursing basics is exactly what EMT-Basic skill and knowledge set is. Being a nursing student has definitely allowed me to become a more knowledgeable and proficient EMT. On the other hand being able to interact with patients in a variety of situations and being able to be autonomous with my interaction with my patients has allowed me to solidify my nursing basic skills and become much more comfortable with my interactions with patient and become confident in my abilities as a nursing student.”
Jonathan, who wants to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, said that “being pushed intellectually” during his first year of college was a good experience that helped him learn that “college is not easy and… I need to devote my time to studying and learning class material, because college is no walk in the park.”