Where are they now? Katie Mead '13
- Welcome to the Women's History Month edition of Where are they now? This installment highlights one of our amazing Simmons graduates working in the field of health care and science.
- Meet Katie Mead from the class of 2013. Katie majored in nursing, minored in psychology, and was president of the Student Nursing Association. During her junior year, Katie volunteered at a rural general hospital in Moshi, Tanzania, where she discovered her passion for women's health. This experience also piqued her curiosity about how different societies distribute health care. Katie wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post detailing her experience and the class and culture disparities she observed during her trip. After graduating, Katie found a medical/surgical nursing job at Boston Medical Center. She's also a part of BMC's New Graduate Trainee Program, which provides new graduate nurses with clinical courses, simulation training, and mentoring to foster critical thinking and clinical excellence.
- We caught up with Katie to find out what it's like to work in the nursing field.
Katie during her 2012 volunteer trip to Tanzania
- What was the application process like for you?
- I was lucky to find a medical/surgical nursing job at Boston Medical Center. I was hired into their new graduate RN trainee program which eased the transition of student nurse to bedside nurse. I was very fortunate to be offered this position shortly after graduation.
- How did you know this organization was a good fit for you?
- I was advised in college to seek out a position in medical/surgical nursing to gain a solid foundation as a new graduate. I am grateful for this advice, as I feel I have benefitted from working on a fast-paced unit where I've been exposed to a range of conditions and disease processes. I definitely will pursue further education and different areas in nursing. For example, I am interested in holistic health and international health. Although I'm not exactly sure of my destination in this profession, nursing is full of so many beautiful options and opportunities.
- How has it been transitioning into a young professional?
- Life post-graduation has been full of transitions! Paving my own way after years of always having a very structured schedule has been a big learning curve, but an exciting one. I've reclaimed many hobbies and have been able to pursue things that didn't seem to fit into my life while in college. I'm very interested in alternative healing modalities, and have been trained as a Reiki I Practitioner. I have also been able to travel and visit new areas on long weekends.
- What advice would you give to the current Simmons undergraduate students?
- Develop mentorships with professors and other staff at Simmons. They have been a big support for me, even post-graduation. Sometimes college can be difficult, stretching your mind and emotions in many different directions. At times, there can be a lot of stress and pressure. I will say that there is a definite light at the end of the tunnel, and the hard work you put forth now will only benefit you and prepare you for your life's work. Your work ethic, whether good or bad, will translate to your job as a professional... So develop good habits now and seek out those whose work you admire to begin to mold your future.