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BSN Student Gets the Nod for Competitive Rural Health Internship

Catrina Jargo

Catrina Jargo, a second-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student from Teeds Grove, Iowa, was recently awarded an internship from the National Center for Rural Health Professions.

The center’s Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship is a six-week rural immersion program that provides select health science students with an opportunity to learn in a real-world, multidisciplinary collaborative setting through active and organized care in the community.  

“I am so excited and appreciative for this rural collaborative experience,” said Jargo, whose interdisciplinary team will be gaining valuable experience at Gibson City Hospital in Gibson City, Ill. (located between Bloomington and Champaign). The facility has 67 beds with 1,005 annual admits, compared to UIHC’s 732 beds and more than 33,000 annual admits. “I am eager for the exposure in a different hospital setting. During my time in Gibson City I will rotate to different departments within the hospital and community, including physical therapy, wound clinic, and home health.”

Jargo will also be collaborating with team members on a service project, such as a public health fair, in addition to having weekly classroom discussions.

“I am pairing this internship with UI’s two-week summer course, Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine. Hopefully, these opportunities will allow me to gain confidence and continued knowledge in basic nursing skill assessments and evidence-based practice surrounding rural health.”

The preceptorship is considered a win-win as Jargo believes this experience will either confirm her passion for rural health or open her mind to other nursing paths. She also anticipates that the preceptorship will give her insight and a better understanding of the challenges—such as limited resources—that take place in a country setting.

“I want to help bring high quality care to those who have low accessibility,” she explained. “I’m interested in public health, focusing on overall wellness … promotion and prevention, not just the treatment of a diagnosis.”

Slated to graduate in May 2017, Jargo believes a Master’s in Occupational and Environmental Health, with a focus on rural health and safety, may be in her future.

“Eventually, I would love to be a family nurse practitioner in a rural area; however, I am open to the diverse nursing opportunities that may present themselves,” said Jargo, who expressed great appreciation to Dr. Ellen Cram for informing her about the internship and assisting her through the application process. “I would also like to thank other College of Nursing faculty and staff who have helped me along the way, including, but not limited to, Dr. Amany Farag, Brooke Dwars, Linda Myers, and Mackenzie Kane.”

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May 17th, 2016