Student Spotlight - Meet Leah Naftalowitz, a Nurse Practitioner student
This feature lets us become better acquainted with the students that use the Himmelfarb library resources on a daily basis. Meet Leah Naftalowitz, a nurse practitioner student.
What brought you to GW?
When I was ready to go back to school, I was looking for a program that met both my scheduling needs and academic standards. In the nurse practitioner (NP) program, the majority of students (myself included!) have responsibilities at home and are concurrently working as nurses. GW’s NP program meets my scheduling needs, without compromising on high academic standards.
Are there any memorable research or special projects you have participated in while at GW?
We recently had an event called “Objective Structured Clinical Examinations” (OSCEs). Students were responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and presenting an evidence-based management plan for standardized patients presenting with common clinical complaints. Each patient scenario was simulated quite realistically, and faculty were present to critique student performance. The whole experience was well-done, and it was an excellent learning opportunity.
As you reflect on your years at GW, can you share a favorite Himmelfarb Library memory or experience you found to be the most useful?
I can’t think of a particular memory, but the Himmelfarb Library has been an invaluable resource. I use it to access textbooks, clinical apps such as Dynamed Plus, and research articles. I also have Himmelfarb attached to my Google Scholar, which is another way that I access evidence-based resources.
What are your plans after GW?
During my nursing career, I have worked in the hospital setting. After I graduate in May (and pass the boards!), I am really looking forward to moving my efforts into the community setting. I am passionate about both health promotion and chronic disease management; I want to help keep healthy people healthy, and people with chronic conditions at their optimal level of health and functioning.
When you are not studying - What are your hobbies, interests or special things you like to do during your down-time?
When I am not studying, at clinical, or working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am blessed with two toddlers who make sure I get my required daily exercise...and then some. We love exploring museums, reading books, and most of all, jumping in puddles.