b"Holistic Caregiving X 2By: Julie Hada, 07, 10Many biology majors see a career path before them that includesHoward is not one to shy away from a busy schedule or hard work. microscopes, pipettes and research grants. Danielle Howard's pathWhile at Heidelberg, her full course load, three part-time jobs and took a different turn, resulting in her rushing to the scene in anactive involvement in Kappa Psi Omega and the Greek Life Council ambulance, assisting in joint replacements from foot to shoulder,helped her hone her multi-tasking skills for the life-saving work checking kidney function and ventilators, and overseeing rounds forstill to come. She especially credits the Honors Program for giving post-op cardiac patients in the intensive care unit. her experience in shaping her own future by way of choosing and While at Heidelberg, Howard, 14, worked as a teaching assistant in thedesigning coursework to best suit her interests, both personally and biology laboratory and earned her EMT certification partly by rackingprofessionally.up on-the-job training hours in conjunction with her service learning for[The Honors Program] taught me how to assert my independence and the Honors Program. She went on to complete the Physician Assistanthow to approach academic success, she said. Like, heres what you program at the University of Toledo and now works as a PA at Richardneed to do, now go fly.M. Ross Heart Hospital within The Ohio State University Wexner MedicalAccording to Howard, she picked Heidelberg so she wouldnt get tunnel Center in Columbus as well as for an urgent care facility in the area. vision with her degree. In her Physician Assistant program at UT, she was given strict coursework and timelines. But Heidelberg gave her the independence and space to think for herself and to acquire self-imposed time management skills. These skills come in handy in her new position at OSU. Having been acting, literally, as the orthopedic surgeons right hand in the operating room in her previous post at Ohio Healtha few of Howard's duties included creating ACL grafts and closing after surgeryshe realized she missed being involved more closely with the medical management side of care. That is why she went from interpreting the grunts and sighs of surgeons to anticipating their every need to now overseeing post-op care in the cardiac ICU. She assesses patients as a whole and has the authority to put in orders for their care and medicinal needs. 8|Heidelberg University Bulletin"