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MEET ALUMNUS NICK LUNDEEN, RN.
Harford Community College alumnus Nicholas Lundeen, RN double majored with a focus on psychology and nursing. At the College’s Commencement ceremony last May, he received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award. “I did not realize the impact I made on the students at HCC who voted for me. I keep in contact with Tina Zimmerman, Professor of Nursing, and I told her that I won. She then told me that she was the one who nominated me and that she was so happy that I received this award.” Nick had received the Maryland Nursing Association Student Leadership Award earlier at his pinning ceremony. This award recognized his leadership potential in nursing.
Nick, who was involved in many activities, was surprised by how much he could accomplish at Harford. He participated with the HCC rec program and taught Zumba. As the College mascot, he appeared as “Screech” at various campus events. He joined the Student Nurses’ Association and served as President. In addition, Nick was a student orientation leader for incoming freshmen. “I really didn't think that doing all those little things here and there around campus would cause me to get such recognition. Harford truly provides a one-of-a-kind experience through its academics, sports teams, trips, and clubs.”
When he began college, he was not sure what he wanted to choose as a major. During his first semester, he took a career class with Coordinator for Human Development Bill Elliott, who told students that to be successful, you needed two things – attitude and determination. “Attitude Drives Action. I couldn't tell you how many times my class heard that motto, but I made that my own motto,” he said.
Nick is a huge fan of the College. “I always run into those students who come from wealthy families that look at Harford as a joke because we are a two-year school, we are affordable, it’s small – so that means classes must suck. I cannot tell you how fired up I get when people call it the 13th grade, when they haven't even started yet. Harford gives you the opportunity to get the education you want without making your wallet cry too hard. The location is perfect, so you don't have to pay for room and board. The Wawa always seems to have the lowest gas prices (for me that was a plus). Lastly, any credit you take will transfer to another Maryland school. I tell people, ‘What’s the point of paying thousands of dollars on classes that you can take at HCC? I'm pretty sure ENG 101 is going to be the same elsewhere, so you might as well just save some money.’ Now, we have Towson across the road where credits automatically transfer; I mean the man is practically doing everything for us. We just have to do the school work. The staff is great and work hard to see students succeed. Overall, HCC is a great place to kick-start your academic career and still get the college experience you are looking for if you get involved.”
Nick currently works at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital as a nurse on 3 South Telemetry, which is a unit that specializes in heart and stroke-related health issues. “It is my responsibility to manage the care of the patient, ensuring that I advocate for their needs to the doctor and help maintain a connection between the patient and the other healthcare professionals. I provide medications, do wound care, maintain patient safety, delegate tasks to the nursing assistants, and educate the patient on their illness and how they can promote a healthier and safer lifestyle.”
He was well-prepared for his nursing career. “Being at HCC taught me the knowledge I needed to do my job effectively and safely. On top of that, being a leader in a student organization and to the student body has helped teach me important leadership skills that I use every day at work. Nursing is a leadership role in the hospital, and many people look to you for direction. I have become more direct and a better speaker when I talk with people because of being a student leader. Being in the nursing program, you get clinical experience as well as a practicum to apply the knowledge and skill practice in real life. According to the Dean of Nursing, we are one of the few programs that have a practicum at the completion of fourth semester. We must complete 100 hours of clinical time individually with a nurse in a location designated by Madelyn Danner, Professor of Nursing,” he said.
Nick is very appreciative of the support he received from family and friends along the way. His dad and stepmom always told him that if he put his mind to it, he could accomplish anything. His Aunt Susan and Uncle Rusty provided him with a home for the first four years of school. Another good friend provided financial and emotional support. He said, “If it wasn't for these people, I don't know how successful I really would be.”
Nick is currently enrolled at Stevenson University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
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