uscTIMES Stories, snippets & scenes from the University of South Carolina. Aik en / Beau fort / Co l u m b i a / L a n ca s t e r / S a l nursing on the go tc h i a h e k the sickest people in each hospital he worked in. and see the diversity And he worked in a lot of hospitals. of different hospitals,” he said. It was also to job. Instead he worked as a traveling nurse, his foot in the spending weeks at various hospitals and filling in door of the where he was needed. critical care He worked in a burn unit and a newborn unit, a competitive job in a worked in neurotrauma. hospital, he said. “They realized I Smith said. “And you have to be confident and was excited and wanted competent. From day one, you’re taking care to learn. I wasn’t scared.” he of patients.” said. Travel nurses can be called to hospitals around 4 /2 5 /2 0 1 3 “You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together nursery. He worked in a heart monitor unit. He “You have to be willing to go anywhere,” pstat e e MCCARTHY to see different hospitals sor in the College of Nursing, didn’t hop from job nion / U the insid BY LIZ For more than 15 years, Craig Smith cared for The critical care nurse, now a clinical profes- e/S r/U u mt e on Smith knew he wanted to work in critical the country, filling in slots until a full-time nurse care where he could focus on a few patients can be found. Smith traveled to hospitals around versus entire units. He said he wanted to face South Carolina, working in various units where the challenge of caring for these patients, who he was needed. are often on multiple medicines and in need of to prevent that patient from getting worse.” “It makes me think more. You have to be able to understand the human body, understand lab work, understand X-rays,” he said. “You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to prevent that patient from getting worse. I like that complex, high-level thinking.” “For me, it was about the adventure. I was able constant attention. FIRST LADY REVIVES COOKING, GARDENING FOR FAMILIES Wouldn’t it be great, Patricia Moore-Pastides gardening tips, recipes and cooking methods asks, if children grew up knowing how to that foster a happy, healthy relationship with grow and cook their own fresh food? Or if good food. people didn’t have to change their eating habits when they hit 40 because they’d been “We are beginning to see school-based vegetable gardens and more attention being paid living a healthful lifestyle from their to starting younger and growing your own early years? vegetables. It’s a perfect time to approach a The key might just be in the younger audience. This book can be used by USC first lady’s new book, “Greek teens, college students, anyone who’s a novice Revival from the Garden, Growing in the garden or the kitchen, but I’m really and Cooking for Life.” The garden- excited about the concept of it being a ‘family’ ing/cookbook, which is among book,” Moore-Pastides says. “We know that the first books published as part if children can get their hands in the dirt and of the new Young Palmetto Books plant seeds, they are much more excited about series, targets teens and young trying vegetables.” adults. Focusing on the time- —Megan Sexton tested Mediterranean diet, it offers guidance for ways to pursue healthy eating — starting from the ground up — and includes Moore-Pastides’ book will be available at the S.C. Book Festival May 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.