Senior Rosiy Baugh attends Black River Falls High School and dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner.

“I think it’s a great way to give back to people,” said Rosiy.

A nurse practitioner is trained to assess patient needs, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose illness and disease, prescribe medication and formulate treatment plans.

“She (Rosiy) likes helping people and finding out the cause of things, medically,” said Jamie Baugh, mother. “I see her looking at different families and kind of really focusing on medical needs and the care for members of society.”

Rosiy said that she became interested in the medical field when her grandmother became ill. She had been taking care of her and realized she had a passion for healthcare.

“She’s on oxygen and her upper right arm is broken so it’s hard for her to do things,” said Rosiy. “She also needs help getting places and needs help around the house,” she said. “It’s kind of like the patient care you would see in the hospital.”

Rosiy said that, through her grandmother’s health insurance, she is considered to be one of her caretakers.

“It’s similar to what a CNA does,” said Rosiy. “Originally, I wanted to be a doctor, but now I want to get to know the patient more and be on more of a personal level. Being a doctor is great, but whenever I go and see the doctor, it’s more of an in and out thing.”

Jamie said that Rosiy is a great help in the family and resembles a nurse practitioner when taking her grandmother’s blood pressure, making sure she takes her medicine, and giving her her diabetic shots.

“The students that want to be nurses, they generally are very kind, they’re very caring, they don’t get upset or put out by people asking them to do things,” said Clare Knodle, who teaches science at Black River Falls High School. “Because when you’re a nurse, that’s what you do.”

Rosiy said that she was inspired by Knodle to shoot for success.

“I took Med. Term (Medical Terminology) and it was hard,” said Rosiy. “She pushed me to do better. I didn’t care about school until Mrs.Knodle kind of pushed me in the right direction.”

Rosiy said that in order to prepare for becoming a nurse practitioner, she decided to take classes such as human anatomy and health sciences, as well as a free class at WTC (Western Technical College), and participated in VolunTEEN.

“First, I have to get my CNA, which I’m getting this summer,” said Rosiy. “I have to get my generals done before I can start my nursing program, then I do two years of my nursing program, and after that I will go back for my bachelor’s degree of science and nursing. After that I am going back to get my nurse practitioner’s degree.”

This exhausting career path can take up to eight years.

“She will be making a difference to the community,” said Jamie.

Rosiy discussed the program that she took, through the Black River Memorial Hospital, called VolunTEEN.

“It allows people to kind of get a feel if they want to go into the medical field,” said Rosiy. “You meet patients and you can give them coffee and juice and tea and just hold their hand if they need it.”

She participated in VolunTEEN in 2018 in the months of June through August and said that the most rewarding part of the program was meeting members of the community.

“I like working with the community because it feels like I am making a difference, whether it be one person or 15 people, because I get to influence them,” said Rosiy.