Kelsi Bryan graduated from UC College of Nursing in 2013 with her bachelor’s. Since then, she has earned a master’s in applied clinical and pre-clinical research and now works in Ohio State University’s neurosciences critical care unit. Undergraduate student Olivia Spampinato recently talked with Kelsi about her experience at UC.
What are some of your favorite memories, both academic and social?
I made long-lasting friendships that I felt were essential to my success, and I felt supported throughout my time at UC. My favorite memory is of the pinning ceremony, which confirmed I actually had made it (through the BSN program).
What were you most involved with on campus?
I was in Chi Omega sorority and part of the senior nursing class government. My senior year, I served as secretary and helped plan the pinning ceremony. I felt fortunate there were a lot of Chi Omega sorority sisters who were in the nursing program and who could help me study. I remember getting together with them to practice taking blood pressures before our first practical in fundamentals.
Where are you working?
I work at Ohio State University in the neurosciences critical care unit. I started in orthopedic trauma and neurology, then stepped into an assistant nurse manager role. After that I transitioned to the critical care unit. It’s challenging in the sense that I don’t get to see people make their recovery, but it’s a good balance of good and bad.
How do you spend your free time?
I volunteer at a free health clinic in Delaware, Ohio, that provides health care for low income residents. I’m also a 4-H camp nurse at a five-day camp in the summer, which I’ve done every year since I graduated. And, I’m active in the American Association of Neurosciences Nursing – Central Ohio Chapter.
What is your best advice for nursing students?
It’s hard, but it’s worth the effort. Post-graduation, you’ll find there are a lot of things you haven’t done, and it’s a bit shocking and overwhelming to be on your own. It took about a year to a year and a half to feel like I knew what I was doing, but give yourself time to settle into the profession. Developing a gut instinct takes time, and it does get better.
Kelsi Bryan (far right) with friends at commencement in 2013.