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.