ment of Defense ( DOD ) language initiative program . “ I spent two months immersed in Omani culture , learning Arabic , and working on my development as a leader with great appreciation for cultural awareness ,” she enthusiastically shared . Also , she described how this experience altered her perspective as a future health care professional . “ In particular this experience taught me a lot about myself ; this solidified my desire to work as a nurse in America ’ s military but also wanted to advocate for proper cultural awareness , respect , and education through the healthcare industry .” In addition , this leader has been presented with the opportunity to lead the Royal Warrior Battilion ’ s Color Guard . To Maurer , the Color Guard has aptly initiated a spark in her leadership qualities . “ I believe that ROTC has brought out my natural leadership qualities and have enhanced my leadership abilities through learning the army ’ s way of thinking ,” as Caitlyn detailed .
On campus , Caitlyn relentlessly uses her voice to advocate and educate others on campus about certain topics such as sexual assault , domestic abuse , and body positivity . In addition , Maurer and a group of students assist with the efforts of a non-profit organization called , “ Warrior Strong .” This organization provides service members , first responders , and their families with no-cost fitness classes . “ Through participation in Warrior Strong ’ s classes and hearing more about their mission of giving back to the veteran community , I have learned that I would like to advocate for the expansion of programs that promote a connection between the physical and mental health of service members ,” Maurer shared . Her drive to excel undoubtedly functions as an indispensable part of her community , her school , and her patients .
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic , Caitlyn began working on a medical-surgical floor as a nurse intern on an inpatient surgical unit near her hometown .
Despite the lack of in-person clinical experience , Caitlyn was able to hone in on her clinical skills taught in the sim lab and learn invaluable lessons as an intern . “ Working throughout this time has taught me a lot about diligence and attention to detail ,” she explains .
Her vast involvement in organizations , such as the National Student Nurses ’ Association , inspire incoming nursing students to think critically , dream big , and work hard .
“ Enjoy the moment and take a deep breath . Things that cross your path in nursing school can be a bit overwhelming at first , but I can make a promise that it is all manageable with a bit of time management and self-care . For those considering both ROTC and nursing , I highly recommend it , and personally wouldn ’ t change my experience for the world . For anyone considering involvement in an ROTC program or an athletic team , I definitely recommend placing your status as a student first — your coaches and cadre understand that academics are your future and it will decrease your stress in the long run .”
Upon graduation , Caitlyn will commission into the U . S . Army as a second Lieutenant . She will serve as an active duty member of the Army Nurse Corps and begin working as a medical-surgical nurse . Caitlyn additionally hopes to obtain credentials as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner , crediting this interest due to her mental health-psychiatric nursing course this past year . “ I feel that proper , trauma-informed care is invaluable to respecting a survivor and their beginning of the healing journey .” After serving as a medical-surgical nurse , Caitlyn intends on specializing in critical care or emergency , at a Level-1 Trauma , or Combat Support Hospital . Without a doubt , her dreams of serving will become reality .