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Our Student Ambassador of the Month for May is Juliet Gause, a second-year nursing student at University of California, Los Angeles. Juliet is a dedicated nursing student with a focus on exceptional patient care. We spoke with Juliet about why she is drawn to nursing, and why, in another life, she might have her own HGTV show.

Why do you like nursing?

Nursing is the heart of healthcare. Nurses have the privilege of playing an integral part not only in patients’ course of treatment, but also in their overall well-being and comfort. The career provides countless opportunities to work in different fields of healthcare, as well as in all parts of the world. Nursing provides a unique opportunity to advocate and care for patients on a very intimate level, and I’m excited to have that role in the future.

If you could only have one piece of medical equipment, what would it be?

As a future nurse, it was extremely temping to choose scrubs. But in all seriousness, I would choose sanitation equipment. I’ve taken plenty of epidemiology courses on the transmission of infectious disease, and I believe that sanitation is one of the most important aspects of providing care for multiple patients.

If you didn’t work in healthcare, what would you do?

If I didn’t work in healthcare, I would be a real estate agent. I’ve moved 7 times in my life and have loved the process of finding a new house each time, so it would be exciting to share that excitement with buyers. I’m also slightly addicted to real estate shows on HGTV.

What case on Figure 1 has been the best learning experience for you?

I recently came across a case that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. It was an image of a pressure ulcer that had gone untreated for such a long period of time that the head of the femur extended completely out from the body. It opened my eyes to the gravity of what it means to ask family members to be full-time caretakers, as well as what it means to be a caretaker yourself.

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