Jamie Reynolds

Photo by Amy Nelson ’20

 

It All Began with a Dream

 

Jamie Reynolds, a Fall 2019 graduate, was inspired to become a nurse after witnessing the impact care teams had on her late older sister Jessica.

Growing up in Apple Valley, MN, Jessica was constantly in and out of hospitals due to her autoimmune hepatitis. Jamie was just four years old when Jessica had her first of four total liver transplants.

“With each transplant, I grew more involved in her care and became her personal nurse at home. I even used to leave a bell in her room for her to ring if she needed anything.”

As Jamie’s involvement in her sister’s care increased, the greater she personally recognized and appreciated the impact nurses can have on people’s lives. After Jessica passed away in 2013, Jamie was determined to turn her dream of studying nursing into a reality—and what better place to do so than Winona?

 

Well-Equipped Training Goes a Long Way

 

While reflecting on her college education, Jamie described just how incredible a job WSU does with preparing students for their careers in nursing. 

Students receive hands-on experience in their field through hospital clinical rotations each semester. Additionally, students in their third and fourth term of the nursing program complete their community health clinical.

Jamie completed her clinicals at a variety of institutions, including: 

These experiences have given Jamie the opportunity to work with people of all ages, from diverse cultures and with different levels of acuity. She believes her courses and clinicals have prepared her well to enter the nursing profession and achieve success. 

 

A Leader Making Connections on Her Downtime

 

During her time at WSU, Jamie was active in the nursing field in and out of the classroom. She has been a part of the Winona State Nursing Club for two years. She has also held a leadership position in the organization as MSNA Chair for one year.

Through this pre-professional club, Jamie had the opportunity to attend a conference hosted by the Minnesota Student Nurses’ Association last year. The conference allowed her to network with other nursing students and nursing professionals—a moment that marked a significant milestone in her journey. 

 

Why Study Nursing, Anyway?

 

Beside her personal connection to nursing, Jamie believes studying and working in her field greatly improves our world.

“I am not only given the opportunity to individually help people in the hospital, but also positively impact them on a societal level.”

Ultimately, nursing is a discipline that is constantly adapting to the world’s needs, so it is something that will keep Jamie on her toes and guessing what’s next. 

 

On to the Next Chapter

 

Jamie has accepted her dream job as an RN on the solid organ transplant floor at the University of Minnesota Clinical Center, which she will pursue following commencement and passing her boards exams. 

“I am incredibly excited to work alongside many of the nurses who provided care for my sister and ultimately inspired me to study nursing.”

 

And to think it all began with a dream—follow yours at Winona State University!

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Hailey Seipel

Hailey is an English: Applied and Professional Writing major with a Mass Communication: Journalism minor who will graduate in 2020. She is from Rosemount, MN, and and her interests include writing, listening to music, hiking, and watching football and basketball.