Student Takes Part in Intensive Nursing Program in Peru
September 11, 2017
BY: Cheyanne Gonzales '18
ALLIANCE, OH – Emily Ault ’18, a senior nursing major and Investment Alliance Scholar at the University of Mount Union, spent her summer in Peru as part of an intensive nursing internship through Work the World.
“I knew I wanted to study abroad while in college, but being a nursing major the only option was during the summer. I also wanted a nursing internship. Thankfully, I was able to find a program that allowed me to do both,” Ault said.
Work the World is an internship program for college students with studies related to a variety of medical fields.
Throughout her time in Peru, Ault had the opportunity to take part in many new experiences related to nursing. She observed seven births, weighed and measured the babies afterward, helped administer vaccines and wrote birth certificates. She also assisted with medications, putting in IVs and watched a variety of surgeries in the emergency room.
The internship allowed Ault to practice many of the skills she had learned in nursing labs at Mount Union, but without the use of technology. She learned to calculate the drip rate of an IV rather than rely on the IV pump to do it since that type of technology was not readily available in Peru.
Ault has wanted to be an obstetric nurse for a long time, and this internship provided her the opportunity to see live births which she hadn’t been able to do in the nursing program. While the experience reaffirmed her future career goal to be a nurse, it also opened her eyes up to the opportunity of becoming an emergency room nurse.
“Before my placement, I only wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse, but now I’ve experienced the excitement and variety of cases that enter the ER and I enjoy that, too,” Ault said.
Her experiences included more than nursing. While in Peru she visited Machu Picchu, rode in a dune buggy and hiked through Colca Canyon.
"One of my favorite memories was going dune buggy-ing in Huacachina just because it was so much fun,” she said.
In order to land the internship, she had to fill out an application, provide proof she was attending college, submit a list of nursing courses she had already taken and submit a recommendation letter from her advisor. Since Work the World isn’t affiliated with Mount Union’s study abroad programs, Ault went through most of the process on her own, but with the full support and encouragement of all her nursing professors.
Ault encourages nursing students and other students looking into the medical field to take part in the program. She believes it is a beneficial program that will help add on to what they have already learned in the nursing program while also providing hands on experience.
“I feel like this experience has strengthened both my verbal and nonverbal communication skills, which will come a long way with my nursing career,” she said.
She hopes to be able to incorporate what she experienced in Peru back to her nursing classes.
Ault is part of the inaugural class of Investment Alliance Scholars. The program was developed to keep the top students from Alliance High School in the community by providing them with a scholarship to Mount Union. Following graduation in the spring, she hopes to receive a job as either a labor and delivery nurse or an ER nurse in Northeast Ohio.
Along with being a scholar and a nursing major, Ault is involved in organizations on campus and in the community. She is a sister of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and a member of Alpha Phi Omega co-ed fraternity. Within the community, she has been a co-manager of the Alliance Farmers’ Market for three years and works as an activities director at Canterbury Villa of Alliance.