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Local Nurse Inspires New Generation of Graduates

Philipsburg Mail, June 1, 2011

Annie Young said it was like deja vu. She was at Carroll College again and at a graduation ceremony again.

But there was a marked difference between the recent pinning ceremony and the one she attended 34 years ago.

"The senior class votes annually on who they want as a speaker for the pinning ceremony," said Young, "I was very surprised because I totally didn’t expect it at all."

Young, who is the trauma coordinator for the Granite County Medical Center, was chosen by the nursing students at Carroll College to be their keynote speaker at their pinning ceremony on May 6. She graduated in 1977 from the nurse baccalaureate from the college and recently has become a part-time instructor for students there. She said she was somewhat surprised by the selection since she had only seen the students one day of their four year training.

"This was the first year they were given the opportunity to take part in a rural nursing program and I guess it left a lasting impression on them because they loved it," said Young.

The nurse explained that in the past year she has worked for the college by providing a one day experience to the students of what it is like to be a rural nurse. She said that students from the program would travel to Granite County Medical Center where she would show to them the many different parts of being a rural nurse.

"Even though it was just one day, Annie had such an impact on me and my perspective of rural nursing," Carroll College graduate and participant in the program, Corinne Roberto told the Philipsburg Mail, "I never would have known being a nurse in a rural hospital was competitive, independent, and exciting if it hadn't been for Annie. She is a self-starter and takes matters into her own hands without being told what to do. We only followed her for one day, but our entire class voted to have her speak at our nursing pinning ceremony in May."

Young explained that being a rural nurse involves many duties and collaboration with many others in the hospital which she tried to encapsulate in the curriculum.

"It really gave them a broad over view of what's expected of a rural nurse," said Young.

At the ceremony Young said that she kept her speech short and spoke on such topics as the history of nursing, the program at Carroll College, what it’s like to be a nurse in a place such as Granite County, and about trauma. Young also noted that there were about 350 people in attendance, many more then there were at the pinning ceremony Young was part of in 1977.

"I felt very welcomed, privileged," she said, "it was fun getting to meet their families too."

Young said that the College has chosen to renew Young's contract for next year and more nursing students will be visiting the hospital in Philipsburg.

"I had a great experience with Annie, she not only exposed the nursing students to rural nursing but also incorporated emergency care and public health," Carroll College graduate and participant in the program, Caitlin Rossetti told the Philipsburg Mail, "she is a prime example of that nurse who wears many hats."