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Job Awaits Upon Graduation

Zach Mandell’s summer externship at one of the country’s top hospitals ended with what surely is the dream of every intern or extern alike.  

The Emporia State University School of Nursing senior has accepted a post-graduation job offer as a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The clinic employs more than 30,000 people.

Mandell, who is from Lawrence, was chosen for a Summer III Nurse Externship with Mayo and worked at both the St. Mary’s and the Methodist Hospital campuses.

“Everything I have learned in nursing classes (at Emporia State) has prepared me for the externship,” Mandell said. “Essentially I am putting what I learned into practice.”

He primarily was stationed in the Enhanced Critical Care telemedicine unit, an electronic intensive care unit that the Rochester site uses to consult with other Mayo hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Georgia, to improve care and shorten hospital stays for the hospitals’ patients. Under the supervision and approval of a registered nurse, Mandell helped assess patients, monitored their telemetry and handled charting, phone calls and video calls from all of the sites.

He “floated” among multiple ICUs at both hospital sites, through medical, cardiovascular surgery, neuro, medical surgical transplant and other critical care departments. He also observed in the cardiac catheterization lab, the solid organ transplant operating room and the post-anesthesia recovery unit, where he witnessed a live donor kidney transplant.

“It showed me what it is like to work in the hospital,” Mandell said, adding that the Mayo culture was “very positive” and welcoming.

Opportunities for additional and expanded trainings abounded. Mandell and a few other externs, for example, took a class on mass casualty events and how to respond medically to a mass shooter.

“Everyone had something to teach me, and generally was very accepting and tried to make me feel welcome,” he said. “... I was able to get around 400 hours of hospital experience while there, which has really prepared me to be a nurse.”