From Martial Arts to Nursing: Meet Josh Fowles, Learner Ambassador

Josh Fowles is currently in his fourth semester at Nightingale College. Not only can you see him in our Compassion commercial, but Josh is one of the Learner Ambassadors. As a learner ambassador, Josh is responsible for representing his cohort through discussing issues revolved around learner interests and needs, planning learner events, and participating on the Academic Program Advisory Board. Josh Fowles

What level are you currently in?
I am currently in my fourth semester.

What inspired you to become an RN?
Being an accident prone boy I had a lot of experience on the receiving end of good nurses and I would like to provide that great care for someone in the future.

What type of nurse do you hope to be? 
I am currently fascinated with ICU nursing. I have enjoyed close interactions the nurses have with the critically ill.

Why did you want to become a Learner Ambassador?
I like to help people. I thought that I could offer my help to my entire cohort by becoming the Ambassador.

As a Learner Ambassador, what are your favorite parts of the position?
I enjoy the opportunities I have to represent the needs and desires of the cohort to the director of the ADN program.

Nursing school is indeed difficult. What tips can you provide that have helped you along your journey in nursing school?
Make a calendar with everything on it. Everything from your personal life, your family life, your work life, and of course your school life. Schedule the time you have to work on specific assignments, tasks, quizzes, etc. then follow the schedule. I always schedule some brain relaxing time in between assignments. This is usually about 30 minutes. I can use this time to finish in case I did not plan enough time for the activity, but usually it lets me de-stress and get ready to focus on the next task. If you schedule every minute of your day then it is much easier to follow.

What is your advice for those currently in nursing school and those that want to attend nursing school?
Ask questions, seek answers, and then apply it to something.

So far, you have experienced the many trials that come along with nursing school. What has been your most difficult challenge thus far?
There are still parts of the nursing world that feel only women can be nurses. I had a set of clinicals in one of those units where every nurse there kept telling me I did not belong, not just on their unit, but not in nursing. I had to constantly remind myself why I wanted to be nurse and at times I had to rely on positive feedback from my peers and eventually I was able to ignore the sexist negativity that I was receiving.

My most difficult course has been pharmacology. There are no short cuts. Study and memorize and try to apply it. That is the only way to learn all those drugs.

Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
I see myself in either one of two places. I will either be an ICU charge nurse, or I will be in school working on my Masters. Possibly both.

If you weren’t interested in becoming an RN, what would you be doing?
I would be teaching the Martial Arts. I love being a Certified Black Belt Instructor.

What are 3 characteristics a nurse should possess?
Honesty (to self and others), Compassion, and Self-Motivation.

Share anything else you would like people to know about you!
I love my family! My wife and I have been married for 10 years and have 4 children with one on the way due in June. Thankfully after graduation. I love the outdoors! Hiking, hunting, shooting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, rock climbing (still learning), playing sports like baseball and football. I also like board games Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Alhambra, and especially strategy games like Risk, Monopoly, and Chess. I have three movies that I can watch almost endlessly: A Knight’s Tale, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Sweet Home Alabama (with my wife).

Bullying

Bullying_Happens_Here_-_FacebookBullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Types of bullying include verbal, social, and physical. Verbal bullying is saying or writing something mean or hurtful. Examples of verbal bullying include taunting, threatening to cause harm, name-calling, or inappropriate sexual comments. Social bullying refers to hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Examples of social bullying are spreading rumors about someone or embarrassing someone in public. Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Examples of physical bullying are hitting, spitting, pushing, or taking of someone’s possessions. These definitions are taken from www.stopbullying.gov. This site offers resources if you feel you or someone you know are a victim of bullying, as well as explores preventative actions that you can take to help if you recognize bullying.

Is it Bullying?

Many state and federal laws address bullying-like actions under very serious terms. Bullying can even be acts like hazing, harassment, and stalking. Furthermore, most adults are uncomfortable with the term <em>bullying</em> because they associate it with school-aged children, but bullying in the form of hazing, harassment, and stalking is rampant among adults.

How Adults and Learners Can Get Help.

We encourage our learners to talk to someone they trust if they feel they are being bullied. The College’s Learner Advising and Life Resources department is available to help with a variety of concerns and complaints, and can help direct you to the appropriate on- and off-campus resources. Additionally, Nightingale College’s Title IX coordinators can help determine if the behavior is sexual harassment. To find the list of Title IX coordinators, review the Safety & Security page on the College’s website by clicking here.

What Can Nightingale College Do?

Once a learner has expressed such a complaint, the College will determine if the behavior violates campus policies by reviewing the Learner Handbook and the College’s codes of conduct in addition to checking the violation against state criminal laws and civil rights laws. If warranted, the College will report criminal acts to campus or community law enforcement. Nightingale College does not condone bullying of any type, including cyberbullying. The College takes any complaint very seriously.

What about Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as “bullying that takes places using electronic technology” including computers, cell phones, and tablets. You might be unenthusiastic about seeking out help for cyberbullying. Nightingale College recognizes it as a serious issue in our society, and we strongly encourage you to report any cyberbullying that you believe is occuring. Learn more about cyberbullying by clicking here.

Remember to always model your behavior to show how to treat others with kindness and respect. By treating others with kindness and respect, we all show that there is no place for bullying on or off campus. In the words of Jewel, “In the end only kindness matters.”

– Ashley Thompson (Manager, Learner Advising and Life Resources)