Southern’s Fred Reed Accelerates Nursing Career with Mayo Clinic Internship
The Advocate today profiled Southern University senior Fred Reed, a nursing major who is in the midst of a prestigious internship with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Reed, on track for a career as an anesthetist, was selected out of more than 900 applicants for the internship he calls ‘the experience of a lifetime.’
Reed, an aspiring nurse anesthetist, was assigned to the cardiovascular surgery progressive care unit, where he took care of patients who’d recently undergone open-heart surgery.
One patient was an 84-year-old former Mayo administrator who’d had a stroke shortly before Reed met him.
“He couldn’t walk, he couldn’t talk, he was basically bed-bound,” Reed said. “I helped him take his first steps after his stroke. It was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in my life.”