Aaron Winters has been a nurse for four years. His mother and grandmother worked in health care and were a big influence on him in terms of compassion and caring for others in nursing. Nursing was a second career for him. His first degree was in health and fitness, and he was a gym manager and fitness instructor. When he worked in that position, he was involved with patients in cardiac rehabilitation as a fitness instructor. He was impressed with the results and care of these patients, which led him to nursing as a second career.
Aaron chose Indiana University for his nursing degree because it was a family legacy. His grandmother and father were IUPUI graduates. He respected their education and experiences in learning at IU.
He liked the RN to BSN Consortium for a number of reasons: (1) it could be completed in one year, (2) the courses were relevant to today’s nursing environment, (3) it was offered all online, which provides the flexibility needed with job and family obligations, (4) the assignments, readings and discussions helped me learn current nursing concepts, (5) the courses were set up to challenge his learning while guiding him in the things he needed to learn. He recommends IU’s RN BSN program to his peers.
In his last course, Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Practice Capstone, he created an evidence-based practice proposal to enhance pressure ulcer risk assessment to predict pressure ulcer occurrence. The purpose of this project was to bring attention to the need for enhanced pressure ulcer screening tools regarding hospitalized patients in order to more accurately identify which patients are at risk for developing a pressure ulcer.
One method to do this is by comparing current research on pressure ulcer risk assessment and recommendations for improving screening tools as opposed to current use of the Braden scale. This project may be used to provide the most current information to inpatient hospitals about the need for improved pressure ulcer screening tools in order to more accurately predict pressure ulcer occurrence. In order to achieve the best possible outcome and create a method that incorporates interdisciplinary collaboration, personnel from wound care, nutrition, nursing, and the quality department will be recruited for this project.
Aaron's future goals are to become certified in progressive care nursing (PCCN) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and after some experience, become certified in critical care nursing (CCRN). He plans to apply to IU’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in the fall, 2019. In the future, he would like to work in an outpatient setting long-term heart failure patients.
Outside of nursing, Aaron enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and daughter (who is 2 years old). His major hobby is working on and modifying wrist watches. He is a bit of an amateur jeweler, at least when it concerns watches. He also enjoys research, of any kind, and worked briefly in a medical research position several years ago. He feels that scientific research is a great way to generate new knowledge. In addition, it is nice to have "the facts" (in a multivariate analysis format) on a number of professional issues, practices, and policies. He thinks that research provides a solid foundation for explaining why things are done in a certain manner.