Prefrosh Preview: A Guide to the School of Nursing and Health Studies
Smaller is better
NHS is easily the smallest school at Georgetown University. But, its small size may be its biggest strength. NHS students have St. Mary’s Hall—and its wireless Internet access—all to themselves, save for a few other classes that get randomly assigned to the building. You’ll appreciate this come time for midterms finals, when everybody else jams into Lauinger Library to study.
And if that’s not enough, the NHS Academic Council treats NHS students incredibly well; its weekly bagel breakfasts are one of the many hidden perks of the NHS.
Be prepared for the workload
From early-morning clinical assignments to the infamy associated with Human Biology, we promise that you are going to work. A lot. As a freshman in the NHS, you will quickly learn that your professors pack as much information as possible into each lecture. (In other words, you might want to brush up on your short-hand, note-taking skills.)
Dragging yourself out of bed for 6 a.m. clinical study at a D.C. hospital will suck, but at least it gives you valuable experience. (And it’s not as if the late-night shifts, which start at 8 p.m., are any better.) If you’re a prospective nurse, there’s no way around it—you will scrub up and work with licensed nurses at some ungodly hour.
But luckily for some, the NHS is the only school at Georgetown that does not require students to take foreign languages—except for International Health majors, who must complete an intermediate proficiency in a language. Keep that in mind next year, while you watch your friends panic over Spanish essays and Arabic finals.
Meet your new friend GUS
While you may not know GUS yet, you will soon. GUS, also known as the Georgetown University Simulator, is the NHS’s super-expensive, super-creepy robot. As a full-body, computerized mannequin, GUS replicates both physiological conditions and responses in an simulated operating room environment. GUS may look like something out of a bad sci-fi movie, but you’ll learn to love him. (And our apologies for the gender-specific pronoun—GUS can be a woman too!)
“No, I’m not going to be a nurse.”
Despite the school’s name, plenty of NHS students major in programs besides nursing. The school’s other major courses of study—Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, International Health, and Pre-Med—cover the entire spectrum of the medical world, demanding students to gain real-world experience on their way to graduation.
An International Health major, for example, could intern overseas during his senior year in an impoverished country. Many NHS students work at Georgetown University Hospital, but others decide of the Hilltop too. Whatever your choice, the NHS will help you find internships at one of the D.C. area’s 200+ medical organizations.