Torre Flemming

A passion for compassion

Flemming


Torre Flemming ‘12 got hooked fast. Like many in the nursing profession her desire to help others led her into the health care field. But it was a real world learning experience, gained through a rotation in pediatrics at the Reading Health System as part of Alvernia’s bachelor of science in nursing program, that sealed the deal. Today, Flemming is thriving as a skilled critical care nurse on a telemetry and dialysis floor at the Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, NJ.

Her compassion for those in need initially guided her career choice, but Flemming credits attention she received from her Alvernia professors and staff members at the Reading Health System for exposing her to what she could anticipate with a future as a registered nurse.

“I got that extra push I needed to try out different aspects of a nurse’s duties and see what caught my attention and where my strengths were,” she said. Flemming was able to far more than just observe other nursing staff members at the hospital, she was able to roll her sleeves up and immerse herself in the daily routine required for all nurses.

Her work in pediatrics made a lasting impression, including comforting sick children when they woke in the middle of the night, often scared and upset, and looking for their parents. Through those experiences, she quickly discovered she had a natural nurturing quality that was able sooth the kids she encountered.

“I saw first-hand how difficult it was for moms and dads to leave their little ones at night. Some of the them simply did not have the luxury of being able to abandon their jobs to be with their ill children at the hospital full-time” said Flemming.

“It was such an overwhelming feeling to be able to be their ‘stand-in’ parent and reassure them that they were safe and that their parents would return,” she said. It was because of the close bond with so many of the families that she decided to focus on pediatrics for a career, and pursue her passion for compassion as a livelihood.

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A National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study found that participating employers and recent college graduates agreed on the necessity of out of the classroom experiences. The study emphasizes the importance of providing students with important knowledge and skills but also experience putting that knowledge and skills to practical use in "real-world" settings.

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Seventy-six percent of participating employers put "teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings" at the top of their list of desired capabilities in new employees, according to a National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study. These are among the skills fostered by real-world learning experiences.

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Service learning is a method of providing personal and academic development through work with established nonprofit organizations in the community. It is an avenue to introduce students to a professional environment without the extensive commitments of an internship.

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Service learning provides ideal real world learning opportunities. According to SmartBlog on Leadership, doing volunteer and service work for a non-profit organization that is connected to your major or academic program of study helps develop leadership skills, expands your perspective of the world, allows you to discover new skills in a safe environment, and develops a larger network of real world contacts to draw upon once you graduate.

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Service learning can take you outside of your comfort zone, giving you an opportunity to work with new challenges, people, politics and interpersonal dynamics. It also offers new perspective on priorities. Hanging out with people who have had different life experiences encourages you to tackle challenges from different angles. Julie Zolfo, founder of Make Success Matter said that she volunteered for six weeks at the schools in New Delhi, India.

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"Alvernia's Career Development Center works with students to find avenues for employment, internships, co-ops, career exploration, resume development, and graduate school options. Center staff help students assess their options and identify their own "brand" to complement their life after Alvernia.

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A recent career fair at Alvernia attracted more than 55 employers who were seeking to hire employees, co-ops and interns for their organizations. Career fairs like this one are fertile ground for students seeking real world learning opportunities and to reap the benefits of such as employers look to to hire staff members who have honed their skills and abilities via practical experiences in real situations.

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Since its inception, Alvernia has offered real world opportunities with an emphasis on service and careers that help those in need. Field experiences in areas like criminal justice, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, health care science and teacher training among others provide our students with rich learning opportunities to test drive what it's like to work in that profession.

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In a recent American Association of Colleges and Universities survey of 302 employers, 79 percent said institutions of higher learning should emphasize helping students apply what they learn in real-world settings, and 66 percent said that completing an internship or community field project would help prepare students for success.