For the British football player, nursing is the ultimate team sport

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 1, 2021) ­ Colin Goodfellow knows a thing or two about being a team player.

As the bettor of the University of Kentucky football team, Goodfellow relies on his teammates to lead the Wildcats to victory. Everyone knows their position and works together. The same model, he says, applies to the dynamic between him and his fellow nurses at UK HealthCare.

“There are a lot of similarities between a nurse and a football team,” says Goodfellow. “I can’t do it without my snapper. In nursing, everyone works together because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Goodfellow graduated from the UK College of Nursing in May 2021, but chose to return for a fifth year, taking advantage of the NCAA’s decision to grant an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This semester, when he’s not exercising with his teammates, he’s participating in an independent study with Dean Janie Heath. But balancing the demands of the rigorous nursing program with the football team‘s schedule isn’t just a unique challenge, it’s unprecedented.

“I wanted to be a nurse, so I looked for the best nursing schools – the UK was at the top of the list,” Goodfellow said. “It’s the only school in the country that allowed me to do nursing and soccer at the same time. And I was the first to do so.

Goodfellow knew from an early age that he wanted to be a nurse. Her parents are both in the medical field – her father is an orthopedic surgeon and her mother is a nurse. In college, Goodfellow had ankle surgery. He remembers waking up after the procedure in front of a team of nurses, making jokes with him and helping him feel calm and relaxed in an unfamiliar setting.

“As a sixth grader, it’s hard to never have had surgery and wake up in an environment you’re not used to,” recalls Goodfellow. “And waking up to people who really care about you and want you to be safe and healthy is pretty cool.”

Like everything else, Goodfellow found that managing his classes with his practice schedule was also a team effort. In his first year, he took advantage of the college tutoring center to learn how to take notes effectively and manage his time. The football team’s support staff helped him with his schedule so that he had enough time for his lessons and work at the clinic.

“School comes first, then football,” Goodfellow said. “Fortunately UK Football were very willing to work with me and my schedule to make sure I could do both, which I am very grateful for.”

There was an unexpected challenge that no amount of support or tutoring could have prepared him for.

“Being one of the four guys in the nursing program is a struggle,” Goodfellow said with a laugh. “I come from a high school just for boys. So it was definitely a change of experience.

This semester, when he’s not exercising with his teammates, he’s taking graduate classes where he’s studying the science behind high performance brain functioning. When Goodfellow is done duplicating both an SEC bettor and registered nurse, he wants to focus on becoming a nurse anesthetist. He says nurses today, especially new nurses, face an extremely difficult work environment in the form of a pandemic, but he believes he and his classmates are more than equipped to meet the challenge. the challenge.

“Our program does a great job on how to prevent burnout and keep motivated as a nurse,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better house. The UK has done a great job forcing me to be a great nurse, great man and great nursing teammate. “

Goodfellow is featured in this year’s corporate TV spot. This year’s video shows how the UK is approaching the moment – from breaking down barriers in athletics and research, to educating the next generation of leaders, to vaccinating Kentuckians, to victory championships.

Over the next few months, we’ll be telling the stories of those featured in this spot.

While you only see each person in front of the camera for a moment, stories like Goodfellow’s and those about British footballer Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald, Savannah Lewis and the British volleyball team are much more compelling and complex than they are. ‘a single shot in an advertisement.

Be on the lookout for more stories from the many members of the Wildcat family who are meeting right now. This is who we are. This is what we do.

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