Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thoughts from My Experience in the Richmond Program

So far my experience in Richmond has been phenomenal. I have had the opportunity to observe several surgeries as well as work on three different units. By the end of my Richmond Experience I will have served on between five or six units, depending on what opportunities open up for us at St. Mary's. These units include Ortho-Joint, Ortho-Spinal, Peds, Ambulatory Operating Room (OR), Oncology, Peds Emergency Department (possibly), and/or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/PICU (possibly). I have absolutely loved working in Richmond. Even though the weekends are intense with minimal sleep and long clinicals, taking care of my patients and learning in a new hospital setting has all been worth it.

For those of you who are worried that the Richmond Program would be too physically taxing for you, let me encourage you that God has provided me with the strength and stamina to complete my paperwork and be fully alert during my clinicals. He provides strength when I am weak (2 Corinthians 12:9).  

This experience has actually helped me to depend more on the Lord for strength than I would if I were completing weekly clinicals in Lynchburg. Because it requires more of me than I feel I can do on my own, I realize that God is the One who is providing my every need. This morning during my devotions I felt like God was leading me to read one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Philippians 4. In this chapter, verse 13 leaped off the page and captivated my attention because it was applicable to the profound fatigue I felt this morning. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This proves that when I don't feel like I can take another step or have the energy to complete another clinical, God will strengthen me. In verse 19, Paul continues by saying, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." This morning I needed supernatural energy just to get out of  bed, but God is always faithful to His promises and provided me with the strength I needed. Not only that, but He also gave me a great day in the unit I was on and allowed me to be a witness to the goodness of the Lord. 


  1. I will be doing the Roanoke Experience this upcoming year. I had a quick question. When we go to do clinicals is it for 2 days or 3?

    1. I spoke with Mrs. Bridge about your question, and she told me that the Roanoke Experience will be set up just like the Richmond Experience with three clinical days made up of two Med Surg clinicals and one Peds clinical; however, they will not be providing housing since the Roanoke hospital is closer to campus than St. Mary's in Richmond. They are still working out the details of the Roanoke Experience. Tentatively, students will not be receiving their assignments until Friday morning.