Lily Salinas dreamt of becoming a nurse since she first stepped foot on Valparaiso University’s campus as a freshman, but she never imagined how soon the training she received from her professors would be tested.
During Salinas’ junior year she took part in clinical rotations at a local hospital as a part of the requirements to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She had just arrived for her rotation one morning when everything she’d been learning shifted from theoretical to real-world.
“I heard someone yelling, ‘Help! Help! Help!’,” Salinas said. When she realized it was her patient, she and her professor, Annie Trapp, rushed to the patient’s bed.
“We both witnessed the patient having a seizure before completely passing out,” Salinas recalled.