With the knowledge from her clinical experience still fresh in her mind, she instructed those around her to call 911 and assist her in improvising seizure pads – soft objects to be placed next to the patient to prevent injury should another seizure occur – while she focused on getting the man breathing.
“I performed CPR for about 2 minutes before the man began to breathe again and regained consciousness,” she said. At that point, the emergency response team had arrived and rushed the man off to an area hospital.
Afterward, the police told Fisher that her quick actions had saved the man’s life.
As a nursing student, she is used to being told she’s going to save lives in her chosen profession, however, this time it was different.
“The impact of those words never really hit me until that day,” she said.
Fisher was originally drawn to Quinnipiac’s highly rated nursing program because of the advanced technological and practical resources she saw offered to students. She credits her hands-on nursing experiences gained from those resources with preparing her for success in the world outside of the classroom.
“Without Quinnipiac, I’m not sure I would have been able to save that man’s life,” she said. "The course-load we have has challenged me as a student in ways I never thought possible. I've learned how to better prioritize my time and have learned a number of skills that are already helping me to become a great nurse."