What they did for us, I knew why I wanted to be a part of that

Josh Minnard, Bronson Employee

I started nursing school in 2016 and started as a nurse extern at Bronson Methodist Hospital in May 2017. As a nurse extern, I go through the daily job functions of a nurse such as assessments, medications and feedings. Here in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) it’s little different than other floors of the hospital our patients are a lot smaller and have different needs. But it is a learning opportunity to better prepare me to be a nurse once I graduate school. I’ve really enjoyed learning what it’s like to be a nurse and what really goes into caring for patients. It’s things like the behind the scene communications that take place between the staff and providers and everything that goes into making sure that the best outcome possible is achievable.

In December 2016, while I was attending school, my wife was pregnant with our twins and her water broke at 28 weeks. After being in the hospital for several days, our boys decided they wanted to come into this world. They were born at 28 weeks and 6 days old. The moment they were delivered, they were stabilized and brought over to the NICU. And that’s where my true introduction to the NICU world started.

What drew me to Bronson and the nurse extern program here is how they treated my family and our twins when we were in the NICU. Everybody was beyond amazing! It was a big family, everybody worked together. Everybody was bright and positive. It was one of the best examples of a working family that I’ve seen. What they did for us, I knew why I wanted to be a part of that and be able to extend that to families in the future.