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The Art of Nursing w/ Dr. Kristina Leyden

Understanding a person's hobbies and family life affects how nurses at University of Saint Thomas treat patients. This is a part of what UST nurses call "the art of nursing."

In this interview, Dr. Richard Ludwick, president of University of Saint Thomas, sits down with Dr. Kristina Leyden, nursing professor in the UST Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing and Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing. Her accolades are many, but she shares how she helps integrate a wholistic approach to patient care through the Nursing Simulation Center. She discusses how her team helps students prepare for disasters and how nurses are creative and innovative by nature. Finally, Dr. Ludwick asks about the interesting things that round out Dr. Leyden's life including her fascination with nature and homeopathic therapies, her missionary experiences in Honduras and her thriving urban garden.

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Navigating Nursing, Soccer and School

As Isabella Rivera walks us through her busy schedule, she explains how she balances being a part of the soccer team, a member of the Filipino Student Association (FSA), studying nursing, and working at a hospital. In this episode of BOLD, we discover the methods that facilitated Isabella’s success while still maintaining her mental health. She also provides advice to students about time management and organization.

Isa and Isabel visit the JAAC’s soccer field to talk about her victories and struggles with soccer.

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  1. Time management and planning are key.
  2. Prioritize mental health.
  3. Having people to rely on is necessary when you are as busy as Isa is.


  1. How do you balance your responsibilities?
  2. What are some ways that you can manage your time better?
  3. If you are a student, how can you connect with alumni?

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