Grad lands dream job at top hospital
Where do our newly minted alumnae land after graduation? On Fridays throughout the summer, the editorial team will feature recent St. Catherine University grads and their first jobs.
Our third Friday Feature highlights Aubrie Anderson ’14, who graduated with a degree in respiratory care from St. Kate’s Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. Anderson is currently a respiratory therapist at St. Mary's Hospital Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
What does your job entail?
I work in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and manage the airways of the patients in that unit. I also assist in patient transports to diagnostic testing, perform blood draws, and assist with intubations along with other cardiopulmonary procedures.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy being able to work with a variety of patients. Each day I go to work is a completely different day. Some days I have quite a bit of down time, whereas others I am constantly running around. You never know where you will be called to, so you always have to be ready for anything! I also like that I have the unique opportunity to work in many areas since I am floating to different units — which adds even more variety to my day.
Above all, I really enjoy being able to care for patients and help them with the most essential part of their life — their breathing. Working at Mayo is a dream come true and I feel so honored to work at the number one hospital in the nation.
What are your career goals and how does this position fit them?
Eventually I would really love to go to physician assistant's school. As a respiratory therapist, I am gaining valuable knowledge from working in the ICU and getting a first-hand view of things that I would normally learn in a book while in PA school. a respiratory therapist I get to be an "expert" in one field, which makes you feel that you are playing a much more vital role within a health care team.
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