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Emily Vey '17

"From day one, York College has inspired me to push myself, seek out new challenges, and feel a strong sense of pride in my accomplishments."

Emily Vey ’17 had a “light bulb” moment that confirmed why she chose to study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania.

During her junior clinical rotation in labor and delivery, Emily got the chance to shadow a cesarean delivery for the first time. “First thing I thought was ‘this is what I’m here for – this is what I want to do’,” Emily said.

What was her favorite experience thus far? Nothing beats when she assisted with a natural-birth delivery for the first time. “It was so amazing to have everyone in the healthcare team pull together to deliver a happy and healthy baby to their mother,” Emily said.

At York College, you can expect a variety of hands-on, challenging, and exhilarating experiences in and out of the classroom. That’s especially true in the nursing program. “In simulation courses, it can be totally calm or the professors can have students interact with a rapidly declining patient,” Emily explained. “It’s nerve-wracking, but at the same time it’s fantastic!”

It’s experiences like these that make Emily feel confident that the Fall Clinical Program in Nursing is preparing her to be a successful nurse after graduation. “There aren’t many colleges that provide clinical experiences early in their nursing curriculum,” Emily explained. “I really cherish my clinical rotations at Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, WellSpan Visiting Nurses Association, and WellSpan York Hospital because I get to see what it’s like to work at a variety of hospitals.” 

Emily switched from the eight-semester Spring Clinical Program to the nine-semester Fall Clinical Program to better manage school, work, and her social life. She knew there would be hard work ahead of her, but she also learned how to make time for herself to have fun through organizations like Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) as their recruitment chair.

Between being a nursing student and having two part-time jobs, Emily was able to get involved with Relay for Life, her favorite CAC event.

Since Accepted Student Day, Emily knew York College would be the perfect home away from home and prepare her to be the nurse she dreamt of becoming. 

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