Samantha Gajoch - a senior, Is getting her grad cap ready for a walk across the stage. Soon to be picking up her diploma in Exercise Science, Gajoch also has her minor in psychology and biochemistry. You might say all of this hard work has given her a love and appreciation for above average donuts and iced coffee.
Gajoch exercises her passions through her internship as a certified nursing assistant. While she can not legally disclose where she works, she can’t help but mention all of the experiences she is learning from. “I rotated primarily between the ER and ICU units. The learning experience was honestly endless. I was exposed to numerous rare and common cases of illness and injury.
As a CNA I was mainly responsible for taking and recording patient vitals, administering specific medications, assisting the RN’s and NP’s with anything they may need, and scribing along side of physicians.
My most successful patient care stories revolve around fully embracing the practice of emphatic care, which is not always the easiest when your patient is suffering from a terminal illness.
As part of the nursing staff and care team, our emotions and attitudes play a large role in their recovery process. There is honestly no better feeling than having a patient tell you something as simple as your presence and smile brightened their day.” When asked how The Brand Girls impacted this experience Gajoch noted, “Rachael helped me navigate my possible outlets and she challenged me to dive into connecting with anyone and everyone who would entertain me.
I was able to take leading professionals in the field of sports medicine to coffee this summer when I presented undergraduate research at the American College of Sports Medicine - and that really got the ball rolling for me.
I was able to gather a lot of genuine opinions from various points of view about the medical field as a whole and that really influenced and solidified my career choice.” Gajoch is looking forward to returning to her CNA team this coming summer, in the hopes of gaining more hands on experiences. Her further aspirations are to become a nurse practitioner as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and either work in an orthopedic surgery or at Children’s Hospital.