JASPER — While the Southridge girls soccer team searches for its first victory in its third year of existence, a senior duo is putting in countless hours off the field as it pursues life after prep sports.
Seniors Reece Tretter and Britney Miranda have chosen to get into the medical field.
The Raiders (0-6, 0-4) dropped Thursday’s Pocket Athletic Conference match 5-1 against Heritage Hills (2-0-1, 2-0). Southridge has scored 11 goals and suffered two one-goal defeats.
The results aren’t there yet but they are in more games in their infancy. This year’s squad is still searching to plug the right pieces into the optimal positions.
“We pulled Reece from the back (against Boonville on Monday) to see if we could get some push upfront,” coach Brandon Aders said. “That worked. Most of the year she has been in the back in front of (junior) Kenley Hayes, but last year, Reece played up top for us every time.
“She’s back up there, she can play anywhere I ask her to, which is a plus,” he continued. “They have to learn to work together more, not so (individually), and stop the kick and go, and the run and gun, maybe something will happen.”
Miranda’s and Tretter’s influence on society outstretches the game, though.
“(Tretter) works on the field, off the field, she works all the time at the hospital,” Aders said.
Tretter’s pursuit is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. That entails getting licensed through 6-7 years of schooling after she gets her diploma, but the wheels are already in motion and have been for more than a year.
“My sister is going to be a (physician assistant),” Tretter said. “Around sophomore year, I was like, ‘Something needs to change, I cannot just keep doing these end jobs.’ It wasn’t for me. I just ended up going to (Vincennes University Jasper Campus) and getting my CNA license and I got the post-surgical job right away. Ever since then, I’ve loved it.”
The program on the Jasper campus is open to people ages 16 and up. It’s a 105-hour program with 30 hours spent in the classroom and the rest are clinical hours.
Then, in July, she doubled down on the commitment. She started logging time in the ICU.
The undertaking of her passion coincided with most college’s CRNA requirement of ICU experience, she said.
The self-described go-getter said loving this work and climbing out of a comfort zone were instrumental for her.
She is a member of HOSA, which is a student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, at VUJC.
She has three periods a day, where students work on techniques like wound care, obstetrics, among others. She works in the ICU every third weekend.
“I want to go for nursing,” Tretter said. “I’m already a (certified nursing assistant). I’ve been at post-surgical, and I work at the (intensive care unit) at (Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, right now, and I work at Ella & Ivy in Huntingburg, so I’m kind of everywhere.”
Post-surgical and ICU work give her variety and a chance to learn the nuances of multiple floors in the hospital.
“It’s a lot different going to (the) ICU, I was really nervous because it is such a different environment,” Tretter said. “Yes, it’s in the same hospital, but (in) two different environments. You have people that are in really critical conditions, and it hasn’t taken a toll on me yet...I know it will, but I have that empathy.
“I just want to be there to help people,” she continued. “I want to be for others, so I think that gives me a really good opportunity to. I love the people I work with, too. They are awesome.”
Tretter said while speaking to The Herald her mission to work in a hospital near the start of her senior year stems from serving those in need.
“It’s not that I didn’t know, but it’s just the outlook you have to look at it,” she said. “These people are in this care because they need you. They need someone to talk to. I think just talking to someone and being there and being kind to them makes their whole day. I’ve had patients say, ‘If you weren’t so nice and chirpy in the morning, I (wouldn’t) get up all day. I didn’t, but then you came in.’
“I’ve had patients tell me that. I think just looking at that you don’t know their outside story,” she continued. “And just by that, those simple words just (make) your day. It makes your whole job feel better.”
On Thursday, there was a collision on the end line that resulted in a hard fall for Patriots sophomore Hadley Leibering. Tretter was the only player to go check on her while she was down and with the action stopped.
Tretter said she wanted to make sure she was alright and didn’t want her to be alone.
Meanwhile, Miranda is working towards her CNA license in December, and currently chipping in with healthcare at Scenic Hills in Ferdinand.
“I do patient care,” she said. “I do everything from taking care of them...everything a CNA does. I kind of just always knew I was going to go into the medical field.
“That has always interested me,” she continued. “I don’t think I ever envisioned myself doing anything other than that. I just like helping people and making people feel welcomed and loved and have someone to talk to.”
Her initial venture into the profession started at The Waters of Huntingburg, a rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, as a dietary aid as a sophomore and worked into her junior year.
“I saw all the nursing staff doing the work they do,” she said. “It kind of really motivated me. I was like, ‘You know what? I’ll just do it. I’ll start working on that.’ Then I moved to Scenic Hills, and I started doing patient care. That’s when I knew I wanted to do something in healthcare.”
Her aim in college is to take the dentistry route at the University of Southern Indiana. The senior added that working in this profession is essential and incumbent.
“Who else is going to it?” she asked. “Who else is going to take care of all these people? (Medical workers) are heroes. We are doing so much for our whole world. We are saving lives. We are making people feel welcomed. That’s what this is about, bringing people up.”