Meet Tyler! A Career Center PCA

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Name: Tyler Thurlow
Class Year: Junior/2018
Major: Nursing, Minor: History
Favorite Class: Adult Health Clinical Rotation @ Tufts Medical Center

Favorite Thing about BC:
The community environment is very rewarding. People are caring and helpful and are willing to assist you in anyway they can.

What can you see yourself doing after graduation?

Definitely working in a major hospital as a staff nurse, in a large, urban city. However, I am also considering more non-traditional career paths for nursing majors, including working in Americorps, the Peace Corps, and for Government Organizations, such as the FBI, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are you doing to get there?
Making sure I pay attention in all my classes and make meaningful connections with my professors. Your professors are your best resource when it comes to real-life career advice, and you can network and through them, you can discover many other opportunities that you did not realize were possible.

How did you learn about nursing?
 As a junior in high school, I volunteered in a hospital’s technology services department. My job was to go into patient’s rooms and help troubleshoot the patient care entertainment and support services. I got to see the intimate interactions between patients and nurses up close and personal, and I have been hooked ever since!

Why are you interested in nursing? What factors led you there?
I am attracted to nursing for the human aspect to it. You get to experience a pivotal and defining moment in many people’s lives and to have the chance to stand there side by side with some of the most incredible people you will ever meet, in their darkest hour, is a true privilege.

How did you get started exploring potential careers?
I began exploring potential careers by talking to my professors about what I was passionate about. Obviously, I want to go into nursing, but talking to professional staff members and registered nurses allowed me to realize the full breadth of opportunities available to me. I am still in the process of trying to find which type of nursing career I would like to pursue. They are a myriad of opportunities within the nursing field. I can work in a traditional inpatient hospital setting, an outpatient setting (such as a rehabilitation center), an assisted living facility, or even a VA hospital. The opportunities are there, I just need to figure out what are my short term plans are, and what my long term plans are, and differentiating between those plans.

What advice would you give students who are also interested in nursing?
Nursing requires a lot of patience, not only in the clinical setting, with patients and families, but also as a career path. As a person who deferred the start of clinicals to the start of their junior year, it was difficult to see the fruits of all of my nursing classes because, quite frankly, you don’t see anything until junior year. It is difficult because it is hard to commit to something without actually knowing what you are getting yourself into. With nursing, you spend two whole years of your life learning anatomy, pathophysiology, pathology, without seeing any of it in real-life or in a true clinical setting. So, be patient. Your time will come, and I can promise you that it is a truly amazing experience.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In 2015, I ran the Boston Marathon as a charity runner for the Boston College Campus School. The Boston College Campus School is an on-campus special education day school for students between the ages of 3 and 21. The organization aims to provide a specialized education curriculum and other related services to this students with severe multiple disabilities who needs were not being met by their own community programs. Programs provided a variety of student-centered educational, therapeutic and health care programs aimed at promoting growth in a stimulating environment. I raised close to $3,000 dollars for this fantastic on-campus organization and I was fortunate enough to run the Boston Marathon for them. This upcoming Boston Marathon, I will be running as a fully qualified runner!

Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad, Rusty, he’s a special education teacher with the Philadelphia School District, and I have never seen someone work harder for as little recognition in my life. He did not start as a teacher, however. His original career was as an architect, but after losing his architecture job in the housing crisis of 2008, he was lucky enough to have an opportunity to teach, and he fell in love with it! He went back to school to get his masters, while working full time as a teacher with a full course load. The sacrifices he made to go back to school and pursue something that he discovered he is passionate about is a true testament to how amazing and incredible I believe my dad is. It is also a good example of how you can change careers later on in life, do not feel like you have to be stuck in the same career throughout your entire life. Be free to change jobs, locations, cities, organizations and have a chance to experience everything you can.

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