In the mix: Nursing students get the spotlight on Oxygen

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 15, 2008

Imagine having the opportunity to stand in front of a television camera and declare your love for nursing. That's just what happened to three individuals at tiny Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville, IL. Student Katie Marlatt, recent grad Erica Dixon, RN, and Sarah Rich Wheeler, DNS, RN, PMH, BC, LCPC, the school's dean of nursing, all shined under the bright lights.

"It was neat to think that such a small school would have such a large impact by being featured on the Oxygen network," says Marlatt, student government president at Lakeview. "It was a great experience to be part of that."
Marlatt and several of her fellow Lakeview students were filmed in January for the show "Today's Family," which aired on Oxygen earlier this month. The segment, called "Careers that are Rewarding," focused on the school and the voices of its students. It included gripping statistics on the pressing need for nurses, as well the history of Lakeview and its degree programs.

"I think nursing is a vital profession, and I was excited to get the word out there," says Dixon, who graduated from Lakeview this year and is now working as an ICU nurse as Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. "I was happy for people to see Lakeview and the tremendous opportunities in nursing. The world needs good nurses."

Filming took place for about a day at the school's campus. Nerves may get the better of most students about to be filmed for national TV, but when Dixon was approached by Wheeler to participate in an interview for the segment, she claims she wasn't nervous at all.

"Instead of being nervous, I was very excited," says Dixon.

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