Nursing student selected for summer externship

Benjamin Roberts is a nursing student at Youngstown State University.

Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin Roberts, a junior nursing student, will be spending his summer in Houston as part of Methodist Hospital System’s Methodist Advancement into Professional Practice Program. Methodist Hospital is part of the world’s largest medical center.

Roberts, one of 16 externs chosen from across the United States for the eight-week, paid summer position, will work with organ transplant patients and their families. In addition, he will conduct nursing research aimed at improving patient outcomes.

“I knew I wanted to do this after attending the Ohio Nursing Students’ Association Annual Convention in 2011. I spent part of my Christmas vacation looking for programs like this. I was accepted to a couple of them, but I chose the one in Texas,” said Roberts.

Roberts explained the application process as “a series of interviews,” the second of which was directed by Methodist Hospital’s Academic Outreach Program Director. During the interviews, he was asked to describe how he would handle a variety of scenarios. “Although I was nervous, I just kept telling myself that the YSU nursing program has given me the tools to critically think for any scenario.”

Roberts is the recipient of the Traditional Nursing Student Scholarship from the Ohio Nurses Association, the Maria Loconte Hackman Nursing Scholarship, the Mary E. Pinney Nursing Scholarship, the Hynes-Finnegan Scholarship, the Health O-Rama Scholarship through the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services and the YSU Trustee’s Scholarship for Graduating Valedictorian from Jackson-Milton High School.

He is also a member of the Student Nurses Association and says one of his best experiences here at YSU was as a freshman in the Emerging Leaders Program. “It’s one of the most fun things I’ve done.”

In his spare time, Roberts volunteers at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and likes to take summer trips. “I spent two summers in Alaska. The Inuit culture is very different and interesting; the landscape was so beautiful—it was amazing.”

He’s not waiting for summer for his next trip though, he leaves April 10 for the Baja California peninsula as part of a medical missions trip to offer treatment and patient education in a clinical setting for the local indigent Mexican population.