Nursing Student on Edge

For some students a snow day is something they look forward to; however, that’s not the case for Kristen Starling.

Starling is a third-semester nursing student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Starling is well on her way to becoming a nurse anesthetist, but when this icy weather came to town, her studies were put on hold.

“I feel like I’m going to be behind in a clinical setting,” said Starling.

Starling not only missed a six-hour lecture Monday (Feb. 3), but a ten-hour clinical Tuesday (Feb. 4) due to wide spread campus closings.

“Since we missed yesterday we could have seen something that would help us later on,” Starling said.

The University of Arkansas Fort Smith said there is a plan in place for students that have missed a clinical.

“With the clinicals, things will get rescheduled,” said UAFS counselor Ila Debose. “In terms of the lectures, I would assume they would either get rescheduled, or the professors would work out a way to get that information to that student.”

Debose said there are certain measures in place students can take.

“I think time management is probably the biggest thing,” Debose said. “Now with everything shifting and giving yourself time to get caught up.”

And as for Starling, she said she will be doing just that.

“As nurses, we won’t get to call off work because of weather,” Starling said.

So far, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus has had three snow days and one half day due to the winter weather.


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