Danielle Corliss

We had the privilege of interviewing Danielle Corliss twice during her tenure in our program. It has been fascinating to witness her skills evolve over time. Our first conversation with Danielle took place midway through the program in 2022, and we had the opportunity to speak with her again during our pinning ceremony in May 2023. In her initial video, she discussed her motivations for pursuing a nursing career and the impact she aspires to make in the industry. Her graduation video provided insights into her experience during clinicals and highlighted her favorite aspects of the program.

Interview (Half Way Through Program)

Interview at Pinning Ceremony

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. I believe nursing is a calling. If you have an interest in health care, this is a truly diverse field to go into. You have a lot of options for where you can work.


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 steppingstone 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 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.


Q: Is there a particular field you want to get into?

A: I am excited to be a clinical nurse leader because there is a strong chance to improve patient outcomes. And improving the conditions that nurses and other medical professionals work in.


Q: What kind of impact are you hoping to have?

A: I really hope to impact low-income underserved communities. Coming from Kentucky, where I was an EMT, and even in my clinicals in the Chicago area, there are many communities that do not have access to the proper health resources. I want to focus on those low-income, underserved communities to help the healthcare system.


Q: What has been your favorite part of the program?

A: My favorite part of this program has been the clinicals. My big “aha” moment was during my critical care rotation. I was at a Trauma 1 center in Chicago which was a great experience. And working in the ICU and ED – that is when I really knew this is what I wanted to do.

Listening to my classmates and friends talk about their experiences in clinical has been an exciting experience. Just to hear they are doing well, and they are having the experience they hoped for and that we can put the knowledge (we learned in class) into the actual setting with real patients is great. It is exciting because we are near the finishing line. It’s a very proud moment for us.

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