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Harpin consults with teen at

St. Joseph’s Home for Children.

His background in psychology was a plus. So was his undergraduate

research experience. He also has a strong work ethic,

shaped by life on the farm. “I learned the value of hard work,

dedication, and how to manage my time most efficiently,” he says.

“And that’s the way I approach nursing.”

LOOKING AHEAD

After graduating with a master’s in nursing this December,

Flashinski plans to practice in intensive care. After that, he hopes to

complete a doctorate in nursing practice and become a nurse

anesthetist. Eventually, he’d like to become a clinical instructor or

professor and conduct research.

Flashinski was drawn to anesthesia after shadowing a nurse

anesthetist during high school. “The field offers autonomy and

responsibility. The patient’s life is literally in your hands during the

operation,” he says.

AN UNDERSTANDABLE CHOICE

Most of Flashinski’s high school friends chose traditional male jobs,

while he selected a nontraditional profession. “They poked a little

fun at me when they found out I was going into nursing,” he admits.

But he remains unfazed by their teasing. “I’ve told them that

nursing has so much to offer,” he says. “You can go in so many

different directions. There’s job security, it’s well paying, and it’s

important work. And they’re beginning to understand my choice.”

scott harpin:

Improving Adolescent Health

PHOTO: TIM RUMMELHOFF

Scott Harpin discovered nursing as a college

freshman, when he took a job as a nursing assistant.

Over the next few years, he worked in a

variety of settings and found he truly enjoyed

caring for patients and families.

FOCUSING ON TEENS

Then during his last year of college, Harpin discovered public health

nursing. “Until then, I figured I’d be an ICU or an OR guy,” he says.

“But I really was taken with the idea of primary prevention and the

focus on community and keeping the most vulnerable healthy.” ˘

Flashinski with his mother

Bonnie Flashinski on the

family farm. Mrs. Flashinski

is a public health nurse with

Clark County Public Health

Department in Wisconsin.

fall/winter 2008

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