MORGANTOWN, WV – April Brown knew at 10 years old that she wanted to be in the medical field.
In May, she is expected to graduate from the West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown Campus, with her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting.
“I used to enjoy going to the doctor,” April said. “I liked to be around the nurses, and I thought that being part of the medical field would be the most interesting thing I could do.”
April’s favorite moment as a student was during the Medical Programs’ mock disaster. April was assigned to play the part of a hysterical person – with whom nothing was physically wrong.
The medical students who were assigned to treat the victims continually took April’s vitals and tried to figure out what was wrong with her while some of the less-vocal victims were suffering from life-threatening injuries or conditions.
So far, April said her favorite clinical skill has been learning how to do sutures, which the students learned how to do on a chicken. She said she also enjoyed learning how to use an electrocardiograph, which was completely new to her.
The WVJC Morgantown student body elected April as event coordinator, expanding her school responsibilities beyond the textbooks and clinical setting.
This year, April will be planning the winter formal. She said that last year’s formal is one of her favorite WVJC memories.
“We had a winter formal that benefitted Labor of Love Ministries,” she said. “We bought tickets and found a date.”
For the mother of two, April said that she learned quickly that managing her time is extremely important.
“As long as you manage your time, you can fit a lot into one day,” she said.
April hopes to pursue becoming a registered nurse following her graduation in May.
See the mock disaster below:
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