Keith is a non-traditional nursing student at a prominent Midwest teaching hospital. Prior to embarking on his nursing journey, Keith worked as a corporate marketing consultant, an editor and a journalist. He enjoys creative writing and relaxing on the couch with his two chihuahuas.
As the nursing instructor paced in the front of the room, I slouched in my chair, hoping that she wouldn’t call on me. What did I know about basic life support? I didn’t even know the meaning of the word “cyanotic.” My lack of knowledge began to overwhelm me, and I, too, started to feel as if I couldn’t breathe and that my heart was skipping a beat.