A Day in the Life – Physician Assistant Student

Leyna Craigmile is a student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. 

Since elementary school, I have wanted to work in the medical field.  I am a huge animal lover and for the longest time I was leaning towards becoming a vet.  As I got older and started to put more thought into my career, I later decided nursing is what I wanted to do. I am a people person and I love working with people.  I want to make a difference in their lives. When I attended my first year of college, I had all intentions of becoming a nurse. However, again, my thoughts changed. I wanted to stay in this career path so I decided on Physician Assistant (PA).

I am most excited about getting to work with people all the time.  I love meeting new people and being a person that someone else can rely on.  I like being dependable.  I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of those around me.  I am also excited about the amount of knowledge I will gain.  School has never been my favorite thing to do, but I have always enjoyed learning new things and mastering new concepts.  Lastly, I really am excited for the hands on aspect of this job.  I do not just want to sit behind a desk all day, because that isn’t me.  I want to stay busy, moving around, working with patients and interacting with others.

Leyna_PA Student
Leyna Craigmile

I attend Truman State University and several of my major classes have required and will require shadowing hours.  To complete recent hours, I contacted a family friend who is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.  I love helping people and would love to make it a career.  Working with a 25 (gestational) week-old infant showed me how fragile life is.  Even the smallest of efforts made to help this child gave me the greatest satisfaction because I know I helped to improve their chances of living, if only by a little.  Not only that, but knowing that I could have made a difference in a family’s life means so much to me.  Having watched a surgery was intriguing and demonstrated how delicate infants can be.  I want to learn more about premature infants, the physiology of their bodies, and what it takes to care for them.  Working with such an unstable patient was a little intimidating at first, but it kept me on my toes and by the end of the day I knew that no matter what happened, I gave my all to the patient and expected nothing less out of myself.
I want to find a career knowing this is how I will feel at the end of the day.

Physician assistant is a great career path to pursue. If you enjoy working with people and enjoy sciences this is a good path for you.