A Quick Introduction

Contact Information

School address: GSS Box 11106, Durham, NH 03824

Email: ean29@unh.edu

Hello! I’m a senior nursing student at the University of New Hampshire, and this is my nursing blog. Directly below are my personal objectives and resume. The links above provide detailed information about my life and education, along with sample writings from my courses, my nursing career goals, personal nursing philosphy, and much more. Please feel free to look around and contact me if you have any questions.

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Objectives & Resume

Elizabeth Petrus

Home: 27 Wormwood Hill Rd,  Mansfield, CT 06250

School: GSS Box 11106, Durham, NH 03824




To obtain a senior nursing practicum placement within a Critical Care unit in a Level 1 Trauma Center; to sharpen my critical decision-making and analysis skills; to close the quality gap by using best practice; and increasing my reservoir of clinical skill sets.



University of New Hampshire             Durham, NH                     Fall 2007-Current

  • B.S., Nursing from a four-year program, expected May 2011

Harvard University                Cambridge, MA                                Spring 2006-Spring 2007

  • 4.0 GPA
  • American Protest Literature: From Paine to Tupac
  • Shakespeare After All
  • Biostatistics: An Introduction



  • G.P.A. 3.96 on a 4.00 scale                                                                        Current
  • Presidential Scholar                                                                                                    (requirements: 90 completed credits and cumulative GPA 3.7)         Spring 2010
  • Level 3 Proficiency on ATI Nursing Care of Children Exam                 Spring 2010                             (99th National Percentile Rank)
  • Level 3 Proficiency on ATI Maternal Newborn Nursing exam             Spring 2010                                         (96th National Percentile Rank)
  • Level 3 Proficiency on ATI Medical-Surgical Nursing exam –                Fall 2009                           (95th National Percentile Rank)
  • Level 3 Proficiency on ATI Fundamentals of Nursing exam –                                        Spring 2009                                (99th National Percentile Rank)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Honors: Health Pre-Professional Society            2008-current
  • Dean’s List                                                                                                   2007-current


  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH Summer 2010

Paid full-time externship position in the Cardiovascular Critical Care


  • Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH Spring 2010

120 hrs/semester    – Maternal Nursing rotation

  • Wentworth Douglas Hospital, Dover, NH Fall 2009

16 hrs/week               – Medical-Surgical rotation on a Telemetry floor


  • Wentworth Douglas Hospital, Dover, NH Spring 2009

8 hrs/week                                 – Medical Surgical rotation on a Post-Operative floor


Patti Dunne’s School of Gymnastics, Hebron, CT 2004-present

 Associate director of summer programs                                                  2008-2009

Team Coach: Levels 4-8 USA Gymnastics competitive team            2004-2007 seasons

General Gymnastics Instructor                                                               2004-present

Preschool Gymnastics Instructor                                                            2004-present

Responsibilities Include:

  • Creating, implementing, and over-seeing curriculum for an 8-week summer gymnastics camp for 50+ children and adolescents
  • Providing tailored teaching to children and adolescents of varying skills sets
  • Presenting a professional, positive, and mature role model image


  • 2010 Prouty Century Bike Ride to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at     Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center                                                Summer 2010
  • Participant in UNH Relay for Life to benefit The Cancer Society        2009
  • Student Nursing Organization                                                                   2008-current
  • Part of DKMS Bone Marrow Donor National Registry                           2008-current
  • Student Nurse Advocate Mentoring Program                                         2009-current
  • Hetzel Hall Council Participant                                                                  2007-2009
  • Team Captain in UNH Relay for Life to benefit the Cancer Society     2007



CPR for the Healthcare Provider                     May 2010-May 2012

USA Gymnastics – 12 year career                   1992-2004

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Courses – Past and Present

Junior – SPRING 2010 Courses

Nurs 620 – Caring for the Childbearing and Childrearing Family

This course has the family as focus for nursing practice, introducing the student to the care of young families throughout pregnancy, birth, and child-rearing periods. Healthy transitions and physical alterations occurring from conception through adolescence are examined. The health needs of the family are discussed in terms of major morbidity/mortality and contemporary issues. experience in various clinical settings provides opportunities for the development of professional practice roles.

NURS 620C: Caring for the Childbearing and Childrearing Family Clinical

NURS 622: Clinical Decision-Making II

Examines the clinical decision making process in the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds. Builds upon the theoretical foundation developed in 619 Clinical Decision Making 1. Students strengthen expertise in developing clinical judgments, interventions, and outcome evaluations. Skills predicated upon attending to and processing relevant information from clinical situations. Students apply knowledge from clinical nursing courses in a variety of ways.

HMP 401: United States Health Care Systems

Nature and functions of healthcare services and health professionals, impact of social, political, economic, ethical, professional, legal, and technological forces on healthcare systems. Current healthy policy issues.

Junior – FALL 2009 Courses

NURS 615 – Adult Health Nursing

Addresses the professional nursing practice, decision making processes, strategies and interventions as they relate to the care of adults who are experiencing chronic illnesses, acute illnesses, or impending death. The perspective adopted emphasizes the functional issues of daily living that these illnesses impose and the meanings these illnesses have for adults and their families within cultural, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, physical, and personal contexts.

NURS 615 C: Adult Health Nursing Clinical

NURS 619 – Clinical Decision Making I

To practice effectively nurses must be able to gather data, interpret its meaning, take actions based on an understanding of the data, and evaluate outcomes. They also must be aware of the processes used to reach conclusions and be prepared to revise, adapt, or reject them. The course focuses on teaching learning theory, ethical decision making, and helping clients and families deal with situational and maturational crises, using a critical thinking framework. Writing intensive.

NURS 645 – Research

Focuses on enhancing the student’s ability to evaluate, read, comprehend, participate in, and apply research to the practice of nursing

Sophomore – SPRING 2009 Courses

NURS 502: Concepts in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology:

Focuses on concepts of pathophysiology/pharmacology relevant to nursing practice. The physiological response and manifestations of alterations in normal body functioning are analyzed and the effects of pharmalogical agents on these alterations are examined.

NURS 508: Foundations of Nursing Judgment

Focuses on the knowledge and analytical skills required to adequately assess the health status of individuals. Students learn how to collect data using an assessment framework, analyze data, and identify client resources and problems. Emphasized the implications of the individual’s developmental status, culture, and biological variations at all points in the assessment process.

NURS 514: Techniques of Clinical Nursing (with lab)

Focuses on the acquisition of psychomotor and assessment skills required for the delivery of safe nursing care. Students begin by learning clinical skills in the stimulation setting and then using those skills with supervision in the clinical setting. An additional focus of this course is understanding fundamental nursing concepts as they pertain to providing safe, effective care.

Sophomore – FALL 2008 Courses

NURS 501: Introduction to Nursing

Examines the values and philosophy of the Department of Nursing. Explores the four domain concepts of concern to nursing: health and how it is variously defined, the diverse clients served by nursing, nursing as a profession, and the complex environment within nursing is practice. Explores the nature of the nurse-client relationship with an emphasis on teaching students the skills to interact in a caring, facilitative manner.

NURS 535: Death and Dying

Explores people’s responses to death throughout the lifecycle. Discusses theories of death, dying, and grieving. Students participate interactively to explore cultureal influences, legal and ethical dilemmas, spiritual issues, the biopsychosocial needs of people facing life threatening situations, resources for the care of the dying, death rituals, and surviving a major loss.

THDA 435: Introduction to Theatre and Dance

Introduces all aspects of theatrical production: play-writing, acting, directing, design, technical theatre and construction, and theatre management. Examines cultural and social context of theatre in our time and throughout the ages. Introduces major classical and modern types of theatre. Selected plays are read and discussed, along with mandatory attendance at theatrical productions.

MICRO 501: Microbes in Human Disease

Examines the fundamental structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology of clinically relevant bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, and presents their relationship to the human host and immune system. Case studies present the foundation, incidence, and control of microbial diseases. Emphasizes active learning in which students participate in classroom discussion, experiements, and demonstrations. Laboratory exercises are designed to introduce techniques for the identification of important pathogenic organisms and disease diagnosis.

Freshman – SPRING 2008 Courses

ENGL 515: Survey of American Literature

Examines the beginnings of American literature to the Civil War.

HSS 450: Making Babies

Examines the process of human birth focusing on the emergent technologies of human genetics, assisted reproductive technologies, prenatal diagnosis, and treatment, as well as the appropiate and inappropiate use of technology through the labor, delivery, and postpartum experience. Explores the social, cultural, political, and historical context for the development and application of these technologies.

ZOOL 508: Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

Second semester of course. Explores cellular and systemic aspects of the human body. Laboratory exercises utilize preserved specimans, dissectible models, living tissues, and computer aided instruction.

ANTH 411: Introduction to Anthropology

Examines what it means to be human and the issues that confront students as citizens of the world. Examines the economic, political, and social forces that shape human behavior and the global forces that people around the world currently confront. Addresses the pressing social issues such as sustainable development, hunger and poverty, population growth, religion and changing world views, racism, urbanization, comodification, and movements for social comodification and movements for social justice.

Freshman – FALL 2007 Courses

ZOOL 507: Anatomy and Physiology (with lab)

First semester of two semester course. Explores cellular and systemic aspects of the human body. Laboratory exercises utilize preserved specimans, dissectible models, living tissues, and computer aided instruction.

PSYCH 401: Introduction to Psychology

Psychology as a behavioral science; its theoretical and applied aspects. Includes research methods, behavioral neuroscience, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, development, personality, psychopathology, and social psychology.

NUTR 400: Nutrition Health & Well-Being (with lab)

Designed to teach the scientific principles of human biology using nutritional concepts to promote personal health and well-being.

ENGL 401: First-Year Writing

Harvard University Courses

Introduction to BioStatistics

Shakespeare After All

American Protest Literature: From Paine to Tupac

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