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Nursing students at Philip Health Services

Student nurses from DWU ... Keena Byrd, left, Kadoka and Dylan Moro, Oregon will be learning nursing practicum from the Philip Health Sevices, Inc. staff until June 5.

Having completed their associate degrees studies at Dakota Wesleyan University, Keena Byrd, Kadoka, and Dylan Moro, Joseph, OR, are already into a one month student nursing practicum at Philip Health Services, Inc.

Byrd, a Kadoka High School graduate, will be continuing her education for a bachelor of science degree in medical surgery to eventually work in a Progressive Care Unit. The PCU, according to Byrd, is, "one step down from an Intensive Care Unit" in a patient's recovery from surgery.

Moro, a graduate from Joseph High School in Joseph, OR, said that his attending DWU in Mitchell, SD, wasn't that unexpected since his mother was originally from Plankinton, SD. After what he called his "extended clinical time" in Philip ends on June 5, Moro will be going directly into the nursing field at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He said that he is enjoying his "practical application of classroom knowledge."

Byrd said the nursing field interested her because, "I enjoy helping people. While in high school, I had an allergic reaction and the staff at the Philip hospital were very nice and made everything go a lot better for me. I wanted to be able to do the same for others. I knew that PHSI was a really nice facility with great staff. I also wanted to be fairly close to home for a month before I move on. So far, I've got a lot of medication information down and am learning a lot from emergency room activities."

Moro said, "For me, I am going into nursing because I wanted a flexible career."

The student nurses' activities are being overseen by Carmen Fees, with Kelsey Triebwasser assisting.

Kent Olson, CEO of PHSI, said, "Any time we have a chance to have students, whether it be in the nursing or other medical fields, we and the students look upon it as a positive opportunity. Students come to us with energy and are wide open. They are here to learn and interact with the coworkers and the patients."