As an oncology nurse at Crouse Hospital, Emily Seabrook ’18 builds close relationships with patients and their families. Seabrook cares for them – and supports them. She helps make what is a very difficult time a little less so. As critical as that role is, it is not the only one she plays. Seabrook also serves as an educational coordinator in the emergency department at Crouse, ensuring that the department’s staff receives the training necessary to provide their patients with the best possible care. On a typical day she may be teaching CPR classes to hospital staff or explaining how to use a new piece of medical equipment.
A Camillus, N.Y., native, Seabrook is a student in the College’s Master of Science program in nursing education. While she is completing the program part time, she is making the most if it. Seabrook has assisted Director of Advanced Practice Nursing Ginnie Cronin, Ph.D., FNP-BC, in the lab for her Advanced Health Assessment course. She has also volunteered her time performing health screenings at free community-wide clinics and spoken to high school students about careers in health care as part of the RISE Youth Summit.
Managing work and graduate studies has been a balancing act, Seabrook acknowledges, but one that is well worth the effort. Moving forward, she looks forward to continuing education to become a clinical nurse specialist. She is also eager to blend her clinical expertise with her passion for mentoring to help prepare the next generation of registered nurses at a time they are urgently needed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the RN workforce will grow from 2.7 million in 2014 to 3.2 million in 2024, an increase of 16 percent.
“I was inspired to become a nurse in large part because of the wonderful mentors I was fortunate enough to have,” she said. “I hope that I can help other people entering this field.”