Sixth-semester nursing student Allison Bingham-Noel was nominated by her peer who writes, "Any person who meets Alli knows she is a special person. She has an infectious, positive attitude and a laugh that makes everyone smile. I attended my global health clinical practicum with Alli in Fiji, and every day I became more impressed with her ability to connect with others. She became a role model for me as she found the ones who were in need and addressed those needs with her talents."
During their clinical practicum, Alli and her peer had assignments to teach a group of third-grade Fijian students about the human body. Many of their activities required the children to jump, run, and dance, but they did not account for any children who might have disabilities. "When we started the lessons, I saw Alli sitting at the back of the group with a student in a wheelchair. She was attentive and helped that student participate in ways that were adjusted to meet his needs. I couldn't believe how quickly she was able to assess the situation and find a solution."
Alli constantly looks outward, so when she is faced with situations like this one, she adapts well. Her peers know they can be the kinds of nurses that don't just go through the motions or goes according to plan. They can follow Alli's example of compassion by seeking out and addressing individuals' needs.