Emerald Pretty Weasel, Medical and Career Training

July 09, 2014 Posted by: Emerald Pretty Weasel

Today I went Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training and I thought that it was very interesting. I’ve been interested in becoming a nurse and so this training was perfect for me. During the training I learned several new things. Casey Osbeck, the Chief Ranger for Badlands National Park, taught the class and showed us how to react and to stay calm. We talked about what to do if someone has a heart attack and CPR. During the training I was persuaded even more to become a nurse. I’ve always wanted to help people in need.

The reason I have been so interested in becoming a nurse is that my sister developed Influenza a lot at a very young age. She was taken care of her whole life and stayed in Sioux Falls, SD. We weren’t born very far apart – she’s a year older than me. In 2008, she got very ill and we knew she didn’t have much time left. I, at age 11, didn’t really understand. Three days later, well, at the end of March, she passed away. It was hard for me because it was 3 days after my birthday. A year later I grew to admiring nurses. I want to be able to take care of people. I want to help them daily and meet new people, and to be able to lend a hand and make people better and stronger. No matter what age, baby or elderly, I want to help them. A second career choice I am considering is counselor, so that I can help prevent suicide rates from increasing. Everyone has hard times. It’s life.

Working in the Badlands has opened my eyes and is helping me to become more helpful and more sociable. There is great career training. I am gaining great new skills that will help with nursing, counseling or new paths I am discovering. The Badlands is a beautiful place to be. I’m lucky enough to live close to it and I enjoy every single day I work. I wish more of my friends can experience this. I’m glad some of my classmates and I can enjoy the summer here together, as we learn more. Seeing and meeting new faces every day is so awesome! I love “Mako Sica” (Badlands).

Emerald Pretty Weasel, Age 17, Youth Intern


Santana and Emerald at the top of Red Shirt Table: https://www.flickr.com/photos/badlandsnationalpark/14573185854/

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    September 25, 2018 at 02:54

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  4. June 05, 2015 at 09:00

    I am so sorry Emerald to hear about your sister's passing when you were very young. You are a very brave young lady to face this sad time and decide to do something positive out of it and have a career as a nurse or counselor to help others. As someone who is handicapped myself it is nice to know there are guardian angels like you out there to assist other people. Thank you and best of luck in your endeavors!

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