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Lindsay Fisher '08 - Nursing
Lindsay Fisher '08 is a glowing example of the type of graduate Curry College strives to produce each year. Not only has she already gone above and beyond what is expected of today’s young professionals, she has far surpassed what is expected of people in general.
After graduating from the Curry Nursing program in 2008, Fisher, like many of her fellow college graduates yearned to experience the world first-hand. But her motives weren’t to visit glamorous cities with fabulous nightlife or travel the countryside, sight-seeing. With her medical training, she wanted to make an immediate impact, and wasted no time in doing so.
Fisher, a native of Wakefield, Rhode Island, met a contact through the Rhode Island School for the Deaf who facilitated her decision to spend four months living in one of the poorest sections of Fiji, volunteering as a missionary nurse at a local hostel and school for the deaf.
“It was a huge culture shock at first,” Fisher recalled. “Not only was I on the other side of the world in a foreign place with limited technology, but I also didn’t know sign language.”
Fisher quickly learned to sign on the fly. With the help of a book and video she watched prior to her trip and some supplemental help from the students at the school, she started to fit right in. But her trip was not without other challenges.
“I found that the local population was somewhat uneducated with even the most basic hygiene and food handling techniques,” she said. “They were lacking in common amenities like soap and toilet paper, things we all take for granted.”
Along with treating everyday minor ailments, Fisher was consistently seeing the population struggle with symptoms of heat stroke and Dengue Fever, a common occurrence in people of developing countries which causes severe headaches and muscle and joint pain. Fijians are also subject to rampant cases of undiagnosed diabetes, the leading cause of death in the country.
“The Fijians have historically taken a holistic approach to medicine,” she said. “But that’s not to say they weren’t appreciative when I brought along bags and bags of even the most basic medicine that we here in America take for granted.”
Getting involved and being hands-on is nothing new for Lindsay Fisher. While studying to be an Emergency Room nurse at Curry, she was part of a team that resurrected the Student Nurses Association here on campus.
“I served as treasurer and had the opportunity to travel to conventions in Texas and California to network and learn about other nursing schools, helping to keep Curry Nursing program on the cutting edge,” she recalled.
Fisher says another advantage of the Nursing program is its proximity to some of the best clinical sites in the world, a mere seven miles away in Boston.
“You have Massachusetts General, Beth Israel, Children’s Hospital, and on and on,” she exclaimed. “These are some of the most sought after teaching hospitals for nursing students, and they are all right here in our back yard.”
She also loved the social aspect of having Boston nearby.
“There is always something fun going on in Boston. You have the Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Science, of course the Red Sox and all of the other sports teams. And the shuttles to and from Curry along with the ‘T’ (Boston’s subway system), make getting around very easy.”
Fisher returned to the States and again volunteered her time to help others, this time at a health clinic in her hometown. She currently works as a nurse at Miriam hospital in Providence, RI, which was just awarded "magnet status," becoming the first hospital in New England to be recognized for a fourth time.
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