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Susan Strawhacker

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Mercy Medical Center Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab
Company/Organization website: https://www.mercyone.org/desmoines/location/mercyone-des-moines-cardiac-pulmonary-prevention-and-rehabilitation
Destination: Des Moines
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I experienced cardiac rehabilitation phase 1, 2, and 3 programs in depth in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Every day I would monitor the blood pressure, heartrate, exertion, and safety of exercising participants before, during, and after exercise. I also got to experience every component that goes into a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation program and even procedures that take place before they are admitted. I got to sit in on cath lab procedures, stress tests, dietitian appointments, and patient orientations. Seeing not only what a patient does in the program, but the steps that happen beforehand is very beneficial.

I accomplished...
I got real life experience that was completely necessary for me since I want to work in this field. I feel much more ready for my future career. I have also sharpened many of my skills and knowledge from this experience. It's nice to take the things you learn in the classroom and apply them in a real-life situation.

I learned...
There is still much to learn after you finish classes at ISU. An internship can help you learn many new things through hands on experience.

Advice for others...
Apply for your internships early! Your final internship is a very important experience so be sure not to put it off.

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