I'm An IU Nurse
Currently studying in the master’s degree program to become a family nurse practitioner, Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) 1994 BSN graduate Daniel Rademacher, RN, has already established himself as an advocate, leader and mentor in the health care community. He has held positions as an emergency room nurse at Bloomington Hospital, a clinical manager in a physicians group, an in-patient care nurse at an acute rehab unit, and director of health services at Monroe County School Corporation.
“Since grade school, I have been drawn to a challenge and was always picked to lead and tackle projects,” said Rademacher. “Throughout my career, I have helped people grow and become successful in their own career paths by empowering them.”
While serving in his present position as a care manager of family internal medicine at IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, Rademacher decided to become an advanced practice nurse because he wanted to maintain long-term relationships with patients and saw the need for more experienced nurses.
“I thought my impact would be greater because I’d be able to focus on the life and family history of the patient,” he said. “I am going to be able to treat the patient, not just the disease.”
Rademacher has always been interested in creating meaningful relationships; that’s what inspired him to become a nurse when he was just 18 years old working as an orderly in the physical therapy wing.
“I saw the interpersonal communication between physical therapists and their patients and I thought the interaction with nurses was impressive,” he said. “I wanted to make a connection and be there for people.”
As Rademacher prepares to graduate next summer, he is starting to reflect on his experiences at IUSON. He says that his time on campus as an undergraduate were some of the best years and he has stayed friends with many classmates. As a graduate student, he relishes in being able to spend time with fellow students at clinicals.
“There’s a real sense of comradery – we compare notes on other clinical experiences and share ideas with each other. We really create a companionship,” said Rademacher.
He is inspired by the instructors because he feels supported and knows they want to see students succeed. One aspect that hadn’t occurred to Rademacher until his graduate program is the political implications for advanced practice.
“It was a real eye-opener to discover what those before me accomplished in the political sphere and it’s impressive how they identified best health care practices,” he said. “I am much more aware of nurses’ fight for equal footing in the health care system – I’m actually starting to think about the doctoral program!”
This experience has reminded him of another reason he wanted to continue his education. During his time at Monroe County School Corporation, he saw students slipping through the cracks because they weren’t able to get treatment in school. As an advocate for patients, he would love to be able to fight for this population and start an in-school clinic system in Southern Indiana.
“I want to make sure the public knows the importance of nursing in their community and show we’re here to take care of our patients in a significant way,” Rademacher said.