West River Area Health Education Center

Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - November 2023

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Meet two of our 2022 AHEC Scholars!  This month we are excited to feature Ava Krush and Bry Bach, both BSN students at SDSU in Rapid City.

                                                                                                       Ava Krush - SDSU BSN student

My name is Ava Krush and I am currently attending South Dakota State University college of nursing. I will graduate in December 2024! I grew up in Rapid City and Hot Springs, South Dakota.  I graduated from Hot Springs High School in 2021. I spent one year in Brookings, South Dakota and then came back to Rapid City to start the SDSU nursing program. I am going into nursing because I love working with people and seeing others get better. I worked at Fall River Health Services as a certified nurse aide during high school which is where I decided I wanted to pursue nursing. I now work at Monument Health on the Progressive Care Unit and have found it very intriguing. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love animals and spending time outside.

                AHEC has provided me with many opportunities and experiences that I have found very beneficial. I have been able to tour different areas in South Dakota and learn so much about a variety of topics. I would not be able to have insight to the unique characteristics of different areas of South Dakota without being a part of AHEC. This will help me greatly when I am a nurse and has helped me as a nurse aide. I am able to use my experience to share with others and connect more with the people I am in contact with from a variety of backgrounds.

                                                                                                         Bry Bach - SDSU BSN student

My name is Bry Bach.  I have been a nurse aide at Monument Health Hospital for almost three years, and I am a Semester 3 nursing student at SDSU-RC.  I am a mom of a toddler girl, and I live with my boyfriend of one year/best friend of ten years and my four-year-old cat, Loki.  I spend most of my time either at the hospital as a nurse aide, as a nursing student, or learning about nursing in a lecture hall.  I think this clearly expresses my love for the field of nursing! 

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