Q: What inspired you to become a nurse?
A: It was my mom. She is a mother-baby nurse and lactation consultant. I've grown up watching her, and she absolutely loves her job. It motivated me to follow the same path, and I had her full support.
Q: What factors attracted you to Elmhurst University's online MENP program?
A: I thought the online component would accommodate my existing schedule. I also liked the accelerated aspect because I'm always intrigued to learn more, and I just wanted to get into the field and start working as a nurse. I also really liked that it’s a master's level program as well.
Q: Why was it important to enter nursing with your MSN degree?
A: I chose to go with an MSN over an ABSN because I already have a bachelor's, and my end goal is to become a nurse practitioner. I thought this was a great stepping stone because to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), you need your master's degree.
Q: How would you describe the support you've received in the program so far?
A: The support in this program has been exceptional. Everyone is easily accessible and super friendly. Elmhurst faculty and staff constantly reach out to make sure we're doing okay and if we have questions. Initially, you have a million questions, and it’s great that they reach out to ensure you're comfortable. No question is a dumb question.
Q: What are your long-term nursing goals following completion of the program?
A: My long-term goal is to get my DNP. Working in EMS, I also really want to get critical care experience.
Q: What does it mean to you to enter the nursing profession?
A: There will always be a need for more nurses. I love interesting and challenging situations where you’re constantly moving and expecting the unexpected. I like furthering my education because medicine is constantly changing or evolving, and they ensure our education is up to date.