Jay Belschner is currently in his senior year of anesthesia school.
When I embarked on the path to nursing, I did so knowing that I wanted anesthesia school to be my final destination in my educational journey.
My degree from SVC has helped open doors to outstanding opportunities in the field of anesthesia; I have been recruited to join the UPMC Anesthesia team upon graduation and boards. My primary site will be UPMC St. Margarets in Aspinwall, Pa which is my “previous home.” I worked there prior to my acceptance into Excela’s School of Anesthesia and Saint Vincent’s graduate degree program.
I chose SVC due to its affiliation with Excela’s School of Anesthesia. Without Excela's affiliation with SVC, I would have never been introduced to the beautiful campus. My favorite thing about the campus is the peaceful atmosphere, the grounds are beautiful! You can always find a different trail or serene area to reflect on your blessings. The basilica is my favorite place on campus because I frequented it throughout my journey at Saint Vincent.
SVC harnessed the main root to reaching my personal and professional goals. Dr. Barnett is an amazing professor. The knowledge that he shared with us was invaluable. He was such a positive influence in both my academic as well as my professional career. Words are inadequate to express how grateful and thankful I am that I had the opportunity to learn from him.
Prior to graduate school, I was working, enjoying family and living life. Then many changes accompanied graduate school: a new schedule, new expenses, new stressors and a new set of goals. To overcome these challenges I had to embrace all of these changes knowing that things were going to be different while embarking on this journey. I have an amazing support system at home…when times got tough my wife helped me not to lose sight of my goals (I thank her for that!). Sure, there were plenty of setbacks and tough moments, but, I would try to remember what put me here to begin with – I wanted to create a better career opportunity for myself as well as a better financial situation for my family. I had to keep reminding myself that I am here to finish something I always vowed that I would accomplish.
This program is a very rewarding because it allows you to give back and reinvest in your community. Anesthesia has traditionally been perceived as the condition of having the feeling of pain and other sensations blocked. I think it is an amazing concept to allow patients to undergo surgery and other procedures without the distress and pain they would otherwise experience. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. expressed it, “the greatest single gift ever made to suffering humanity.” With that said, how can one not be interested in the profession? I have a supreme value for and interest in anesthesia and believe nurse anesthetists are the pioneers in the field of anesthesia. My vision and philosophy is to train and grow to be a better nurse and individual on a daily basis. To do that, the watchword is education. As Excela Health School of Anesthesia’s Mission Statement expresses, “Man, as an individual, never stops growing, and during certain periods in life he takes giant steps forward.” Saint Vincent provided me this path to grow and I will be forever grateful of that.
Quote: "Tackle it head on!!! Graduate school will be what you make of it. Embrace the new adventure and don’t give up! “Perseverance prevails when all else fails.”