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Ursuline has exposed me to advanced nursing careers and has opened my eyes to continuing my education beyond the BSN, RN.
Why did you choose Ursuline?
I chose Ursuline because I wanted a change in my career, but I wanted to continue to be challenged and I knew I would get that at Ursuline. I loved the NRC lab and knew that would be a great resource for me to learn and the professors and advisors all seemed very helpful and nice. I also enjoyed the smaller cohort sizes than some of the other accelerated programs in the area. With that being said, I feel that Ursuline chose me.
How did you manage all of your responsibilities (work, family, school) to be successful in your program?
Managing all of my responsibilities during the program was a challenge. With the rigorous coursework of the SDAP program, working nightshift at the hospital, having dayshift clinical hours, coaching varsity cheerleading, while being a mom to a new baby and a new wife all seemed to be so overwhelming. Planning was key!! Without my planner and support from my family this program would’ve been impossible with my schedule. I had to first stop making excuses, then I made a solid plan and I stuck to it until the end. Everything I did had a purpose and it brought me to my end goal of graduating and becoming a registered nurse.
How has your degree from Ursuline helped your career?
With my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, I can now begin my career. I have been a PCNA/CT for the past 5 years at CCF Hillcrest Hospital. When I first graduated from Miami University (for my undergraduate degree) I thought I wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor. Soon after graduating, I became a PCNA and fell in love with nursing. Ursuline College has guided me through the SDAP nursing program, with classroom instruction, the amazing lab, and DEU clinical hours, now I am now a registered nurse and ready to begin my career in nursing. Ursuline has also exposed me to advanced nursing careers and has opened my eyes to continuing my education beyond the BSN, RN.