Randy Kinietz '18
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Member of Men’s Basketball, Track & Field, Student Tutors, Student Nurse Organization
Choosing Mount Union
I looked at schools that offered both basketball and a good nursing program and Mount Union was at the top of the list. I chose Mount Union because I wanted to be part of an accredited and challenging nursing program where I knew I could graduate with a bright employment future. I also wanted to be part of a great basketball team. I also was looking for a college that felt like I would make life-long friends, and after visiting I knew I had found my home away from home. The campus atmosphere here is amazing and I couldn’t imagine spending my four years of college anywhere else.
Family on the Court and off
What I like the most about Mount Union are the relationships I have made with my classmates, teammates, and professors. I have met lifelong friends here at Mount and I look forward to continuing those friendships even after graduation. The relationships I have made with my professors have been such a blessing because I get a more personal feeling from my education. It also really makes approaching professors about letters of recommendation a lot less stressful because they actually know me on a personal level and are always happy to help in any way possible. Brody Jackson, our assistant coach, is like the basketball “mom” for incoming freshmen. He always checked in on us to see how we were doing and if we needed anything at all or had any questions he was only a text away. He definitely made the transition into college a lot less intimidating.
I believe Mount Union’s tight-knit community combined with its rigorous academics and state-of-the-art facilities make Mount Union second to none. Mount Union’s academic standards are high, especially the nursing program. A lot of our technical skills such as starting IVs, passing medications, and physical examinations have been sharpened through the nursing program’s state-of-the-art simulation labs. These allow us to complex create complex clinical situations without risking patient or provider safety. Being a student athlete, I also get to utilize the MAAC, Gulling Training Center, and amazing athletic training facilities which are arguably some of the best in the nation at the Division III level. These facilities are constantly updated to improve athletic performance and health. The tight-knit campus community really makes Mount Union my home away from home. No matter where I go on campus I see somebody that I know which makes me feel like I’m part of one big family.
My best advice would be to visit campus more than once and on one of those visits, stay overnight. Every time I stepped on campus I fell in love with Mount Union even more and the overnight visit allowed me to get a good idea of what actually living on campus was like. For prospective students already set on attending Mount in the fall, once you get here get involved in as much as you can on campus. College is the time to start to find out what you like and you don’t like and you will meet lifelong friends along the way.
Blend of Medicine and Compassion
I chose nursing because it is the perfect blend of medicine and compassion. I love to help people and I love the science of medicine, and nursing provides me with the opportunity to use medical practices to help heal people. Interacting with such a diverse patient population really makes school more than worth it.
This summer I worked as a Student Nurse Aid/Patient Care Associate (SNA/PCA) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center University Hospital on the Solid Organ Transplant Unit. This was an incredible experience because I got to work closely with some of the best nurses in the exciting world of transplant medicine. My scope of practice included basic patient care such as bathing, toileting, repositioning, and feeding as well as more advanced care such as drawing blood and doing 12 lead electrocardiograms (ECGs). The Mount Union nursing program's extensive clinical skills laboratory training and emphasis on communication skills really prepared me for my position at Ohio State. I am truly blessed to be able to be educated by some of the best nurses and professors at Mount Union during the year and then be able to apply my knowledge and gain experience with the amazing staff at Ohio State over the summer.
Mentor and Professor
Professor Corbisello was my clinical instructor for my nursing fundamentals rotation which is our very first clinical which is in a long-term care facility. She molded us into more critical thinkers and really helped us pull together all of our didactic courses into the health care setting. She constantly pushed us and made us more confident in ourselves. She is also my clinical instructor for my medical-surgical I rotation which is our first taste of the acute care hospital setting. The transition from long-term care to acute care is stressful and fast-paced, but once again, Professor Corbisello is molding us into more critical thinkers and helps us understand more detailed disease processes and how they relate to the nursing process and what we can do to intervene and help heal the patient. She constantly makes us prove to ourselves that we actually know more than we think we do.
Unique Learning Opportunities
A liberal arts education, in my opinion, produces a better-rounded and independent professional in whatever field one might choose. We are challenged to broaden our thinking and view problems from a variety of different aspects. I believe the Integrative Core helps all students, no matter their field of study, to become better thinkers, better writers, and better communicators. It helps us strengthen our abilities to become productive, employable adults, and handle all the challenges of transitioning from college to the working world.
My ultimate career goal is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Mount Union provides me with an amazing nursing program that will prepare me to excel in the clinical setting and gain the experience I need before I apply to a graduate nurse anesthesia program. Mount Union has provided me the resources and professors to be prepared to succeed in a challenging graduate program.
Every time I stepped on campus I fell in love with Mount Union even more and the overnight visit allowed me to get a good idea of what actually living on campus was like.
- Do you prefer Macs or PCs?
- Where is your favorite travel destination?
- Anywhere there is a beach!
- What is your favorite quote or motto?
- "And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do." - Michael Scott (The Office)
- What is your favorite holiday?
- Christmas because I get to see my family and take a nice break from school.
- What is your favorite app?
- The Taco Bell app because my burritos are ready by the time I get there!