John Sheski ’04
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Career: Nurse Practitioner with the Mayo Clinic St. Mary's Hospital Trauma-Critical Care-General Surgery Teaml
There are no typical days for John Sheski. As a critical care nurse practitioner and trauma team member at one of the country’s most prestigious medical centers, each day literally brings something new.
“There is nothing I would change about my career,” Sheski said. “It’s very rewarding. Mayo provides excellent education opportunities, and the physicians here love to share their knowledge.”
From multi-car accidents to gunshot wounds and other severe trauma, Sheski has already seen a great deal in his young career. He has witnessed the amazing resiliency and recuperative power of the human body and the heartbreak that accompanies losing a loved one at a tragically young age.
“I’ve seen someone shot in the head through the eye return to high school and the victim of a horrible car accident return to college,” he said. “Some patients look terrible when they come in, but they make it and recover. That’s very rewarding. On the other side, I’ve seen people with small children who love their lives, die tragically. You really feel terrible.”
As a nursing student at Viterbo, Sheski landed a highly selective internship in the Mayo Neuroscience ICU. He was hired after graduation, and he went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2010.
Interacting with patients and providing them with the best possible personalized care is what is most important, Sheski said, which was reinforced by the Viterbo nursing program.
“Compassionate care is a very important aspect of nursing,” he said. “Ethics and respect for people are values taught at Viterbo. This makes for better nurses, and better care for patients.”