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Student welcomes nursing’s challenges

Karen Sidi concentrates on inserting a needle into a rubber arm.

The nursing student from Long Island is learning how to give shots. She spends long hours using computer simulations such as that one in the new Innovative Practice Center at the Decker School of Nursing.

Sidi finds time to be a teacher’s assistant for a pediatric clinical instructor, do research with Professor Sarah Gueldner, be an emergency medical technician for Harpur’s Ferry and tutor in pathophysiology. She has served on the executive board of the Nursing Student Association for three years.

Sidi also enjoys karate and tai kwon do and is active in Hillel. She took a semester off to study Judaism in Jerusalem.

Professor Alison Dura said she could see right away that Sidi was no average student. “Her drive to absorb and learn absolutely everthing while giving sensitive care was very evident in each clinical situation,” Dura said.

While working with a simulated patient in the new lab at Decker, Sidi realized she had a slight hearing impediment. Sidi, now a senior, worked with equipment designed to isolate specific sounds to help her and now feels more confident with her patients.

“I don’t take anything less than perfection when it comes to nursing,” she said. “You can’t afford to when it comes to patients’ lives.”

Sidi is driven by a passion to make nursing a more appreciated occupation and to help people understand the demands of being a nursing student.

“The nursing program is quite a maturing experience,” said Sidi, who spends 20 hours a week in a hospital setting. “You grow up quickly; you are not having a regular college experience.

“As a nursing student, you have to face things that your peers don’t think about until much later. I am 22 years old, and one of my patients died yesterday.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08