September 28, 2021


Stanbridge University’s Yasith Weerasuriya Talks About the Evolution of Nursing as a Profession

Yasith Weerasuriya is the President of Stanbridge University is an award-winning institution that offers programs in Nursing and Allied Health. Campuses in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside provide innovative technology and hands-on learning opportunities. Stanbridge University offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Nursing and Allied Health in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and online. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

What is the background of Stanbridge University?

Stanbridge has been around for almost 40 years. As an institution, we are committed to professional development for nurses and healthcare professionals. Our mission is to allow students to enhance their skills to achieve their career goals while living the life they want.

What do you like about your job?

I like the fact that I get to give back by helping people pursue their dreams. In addition, I get to interact with students from all walks of life, and it is a great feeling working with them and seeing their success.

What are some changes you have seen in your field? In what direction do you see the industry going?

There have been significant changes in healthcare over the past four decades since we first started offering our programs. Of course, the most significant change is in the area of technology, but perhaps more importantly, it has changed the world of nursing and healthcare professions in general. People live longer; they are healthier; there has been an enormous emphasis on preventative care rather than reactionary care. We have gone from reactive medicine to proactive medicine, where we try to take care of people to prevent them from getting sick in the first place.

What advice would you give someone considering the Allied Health field?

It is essential for individuals considering this career path to research and know what career options are available and what career fields match their personality and interests. This sounds like common sense, but we often see students majoring in a specific area because it sounds exciting, and then they realize that what they have been studying is not the right fit for them. The key to success in this profession is to be passionate about your work, love coming into work each day, and enjoy helping people.

What skills are needed for a student entering your field?

In today’s healthcare environment, technology plays a vital role in the delivery of quality patient care. Students entering the field need to be proficient in using this technology while also understanding evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills. Additionally, an excellent level of communication is required to effectively interact with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals on all levels.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

Helping students achieve their dreams and goals is extremely rewarding. As a career advisor, I see students who start with us unsure what they want to do and where they want to go. So we help them identify their interests; we provide them with guidance in selecting the right degree program, etc. Then the ultimate reward is to see them graduate and achieve their goals.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing students achieve what they set out to do. It might sound cliche, but it comes down to helping people realize their dreams.

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Wild Horse Safari Tours from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros

Horse lovers will be able to get up close with magnificent wild horses in South Dakota, thanks to a planned center from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB). The International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center will provide family-friendly wild mustang safaris. Luxury stays will also be available at the facility.

The International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center, located in Hermosa, South Dakota, on the outskirts of Rapid City, will be constructed by the ISPMB. The Center will provide family-friendly wild mustang safari excursions. In addition, luxury lodgings at this facility may be booked for those who wish to spend the night and enjoy the area’s scenic beauty.

The facility will be located on a ranch, and the activities will reflect this unique experience. Tours of the ranch’s mustang herd will offer exceptional photo opportunities as well as fun experiences for all ages. According to ISPMB, “A ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour brings visitors up close and personal with the majestic creatures, allowing them to get a true feel for what life must be like in the wild. This tour will take you through their natural habitats and bring you within arm’s reach of these free-roaming equines.”

Visitors can also choose to go on a traditional trail ride or even an overnight experience where they can sleep under the stars and experience a ranch environment.

“We are very excited to bring the wild horses to everyone so that they can enjoy them up close,” said ISPMB volunteer Karen Sussman in an interview with WOWT 6 News. “I’ve taken my grandchildren on all kinds of trips, but none have been as exciting for this age group as this.”

Sussman added that the goal of the International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center is to educate visitors about the mustangs and their protection. This nonprofit organization works to rescue wild horses from government roundups and even protects those already in captivity. They also aim to raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits these animals provide and to preserve their freedom.

The Center will be a wonderful vacation spot for nature enthusiasts who want to get in touch with their wild side. Many people passionate about conservation and the environment are also interested in connecting with horses, which have been an important part of American history.

Guests can expect to find luxurious amenities at this facility, which will be located near several of South Dakota’s most popular landmarks. The International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center will also be near the Black Hills, where tourists can enjoy many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, or mountain biking.

The International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center is expected to bring many visitors to the state, which will generate revenue for local businesses. Families in the area can learn more about this exciting new opportunity by visiting the International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center’s website.

“We’re excited about the International Wild Horse and Burro Heritage Center being a part of South Dakota’s unique tourism landscape,” said Black Hills Visitor Bureau president & CEO Cathy Ritchie. “We welcome them as an organization that will bring many visitors to the state, which will generate revenue for local businesses.”

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