“There’s the human element where you get to know people on a more intimate level than you would looking at the lab results.”


Seth Burhenn just finished serving his country. Next, he’s going to be serving his community.

The 24-year-old Greensboro native is a junior at the UNC Greensboro, studying for a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing. He’s also part of the Nursing School’s Veterans Access Program, which provides medically trained veterans access to an accelerated education.

Seth, who was born and raised in Greensboro, spent six years serving the Army National Guard as a medic.

“I’ve been fascinated with medicine since I was little,” Seth says. It made sense for him to enlist as a medic, he says.

“It was a branch between training and experience,” Seth says.

In 2010 and 2011, he was deployed for an active duty mission in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name for U.S. Global War on Terrorism. His deployment also consisted of working on an army vessel for three months during which he spent a lot of time in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Now as a civilian nurse, Seth likes the human element of getting to know people on a more intimate level. Eventually, he wants to be an oncology nurse. He wants to help people beyond simply looking at their lab results or making a diagnosis.

The most exciting part about being a nurse is “being able to actually do something and impact people’s lives, not merely sympathizing with their condition,” Seth says. “You’re helping them get out of that and making it easier for them depending on whatever is bothering them.”


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