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Ashley Thompson

Bachelor of Science
School of Nursing
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WVU is great at making sure the students have what they need. On the Keyser Campus, all of the professors care and will go out of their way to help you.

Why did you choose the WVU School of Nursing?

I chose WVU School of Nursing because I wanted to be part of the mountaineer family. I knew being a mountaineer would be a great opportunity and I would feel like part of the mountaineer family. I chose to go to the program at Keyser Campus because it was close to my family.

Why did you choose Nursing as a profession?

I chose nursing because of my father. He had two heart attacks and right then I knew I wanted a profession in the medical field to help people. I chose nursing in the medical field because of the compassion nurses have and the opportunities nursing can offer to grow into new fields.

Did you have an “a-ha!” moment when they knew they knew this was the right major for you?

During my clinicals I had many patients tell me that I was doing well and they looked forward to seeing me graduate and start practicing as a nurse. As I continued to hear patient compliments and started to be able to do clinical activities well, I knew this is where I belonged.

What piece of advice would you give to the incoming class?

Don’t give up. You can do this. It may be hard and frustrating. You may not feel like it is worth it but I promise you it is. Start studying early and take breaks. Reward yourself and make sure you take time to destress. After you accomplish your first IV or hear your patient thank you, you will know it is worth it in the end.

Why should a potential nursing student choose the WVU School of Nursing? 

WVU is great at making sure the students have what they need. On the Keyser Campus, all of the professors care and will go out of their way to help you. Everyone is so kind. I felt like I mattered and wasn’t just another nursing student. 

Where are you off to next? Do you have a job lined up? 

I accepted a job at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV. I’ll start working on Medsurg and then go to the Emergency Department. Eventually, I am going back to school to be a nurse practitioner. Hopefully I’ll start the NP program at WVU.

Let’s go.