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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

September 29, 2017

College of the Ozarks nursing major completes externship at Mayo Clinic

Hailey Alexander (center), senior nursing major at College of the Ozarks, explores Minneapolis with fellow Summer III Nurse Externship Program workers. Hailey Alexander (center), senior nursing major at College of the Ozarks, explores Minneapolis with fellow Summer III Nurse Externship Program workers.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. —Last summer Hailey Alexander, senior nursing major at College of the Ozarks, completed an externship at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

The externship offers a learning opportunity during which nursing students participate in direct patient care. It is offered annually and begins in June. Each summer, students from across the U.S. take part in the externship.

During this 10-week externship, students have the unique opportunity to work alongside multiple RN clinical coaches to provide patient care in a team environment.

“I received the email that I was accepted into the top 100 applicants and later received my acceptance for the Summer III Nurse Externship Program at Mayo Clinic,” Alexander said. “Since being accepted, my professors have poured valuable information into me.”

Alexander worked on the Medical Cardiology Progressive Care Unit with observation days in the Emergency Room, Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Surgery.

“This externship has changed my life. I truly have been able to see the art of nursing on a consistent basis,” said Alexander. “I have been able to see medical care that is number one in the nation. From gaining this experience this summer, I have been able to implement techniques I have learned. I know appropriate nursing interventions to implement, while also connecting with patients to create a nourishing environment for them. I was able to see critical situations handled with tact, and I was also given many educational opportunities, like job shadowing in the cardiac operation room, neurosurgery intensive care unit, and the emergency department.”

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


09.29.17 – Kyle Duncan


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