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While in high school, I still wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do, but after my day of job shadowing, I really learned what an important role the nurse plays in these patients and families' lives.</p>\r\n<h2 class=\"p2\">Did you have an ah-ha moment about wanting to become a nurse?</h2>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">From having seen family members in the hospital during my teenage years, I realized just how much a nurse can change a situation and help others. I had seen how the nurse can be soothing, compassionate, caring and exhibit an incredible amount of qualities needed during such scary times for these patients and families. </p>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">I especially knew I was in the right field after one of my clinical days in my junior level nursing semesters. I will never forget I had a patient who was alone and was a younger gentleman who was worried his cancer was back. During the day, he had told me he was very anxious and would love if I just sat and talked to him. 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I truly am so grateful for my time here at West Virginia University and within the School of Nursing.</p>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">I think that the School of Nursing has not only prepared me for my future as a nurse but also I have seen how much I have grown as a person! I appreciate how rigorous the course work is here at the School of Nursing, as I think it helps us learn time management, being responsible, accountable and reliable. These are all qualities that are crucial to learn in order to succeed as an adult and having a career. I will forever be grateful for what West Virginia University’s School of Nursing has taught me!</p>\r\n<h2 class=\"p2\">What’s one piece of advice you would give your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">One piece of advice I would give to my freshman self would be to believe in yourself and find a balance that works for you! I think it is so important to have a balance and getting to meet new friends on campus but also taking your academics seriously. I also think that I often found myself talking down and not believing I could get the grades I wanted to achieve. I quickly learned that when you put in the effort, meet with professors, seek help anything is possible here at WVU!</p>\r\n<h2 class=\"p2\">What are your plans after graduation?</h2>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">My plans after graduation are to work in either Labor &amp; Delivery or Post-Partum at WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital!</p>\r\n<h2 class=\"p2\">How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?</h2>\r\n<p class=\"p2\">I feel that WVU has prepared me very well for my next chapter. From seeing how I do on ATI exams, NCLEX predictors, how I feel in regards to my skills, communication, and confidence I most definitely feel WVU has prepared me well. 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Looking back, her kind gesture influenced my trajectory into nursing and lactation.</p>\r\n<h2>What’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self?</h2>\r\n<p>“Be kind to <em>everyone</em> and make good decisions.” This is something I tell my children every day before they go to school. </p>\r\n<h2>Could you tell me more about your career?</h2>\r\n<p>I began my nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse. Currently, I am a family nurse practitioner and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) at WVU Medicine in Morgantown. I enjoy in practicing within Family Medicine, as it grants me the opportunity to care for patients across the entire spectrum of life. Additionally, I extend lactation support to parents through the outpatient lactation clinic at Cheat Lake Physicians.</p>\r\n<h2>How has your WVU SON education helped you in your career?</h2>\r\n<p>The WVU SON education gave me access to clinical experiences that I wouldn't have obtained anywhere else. 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For this reason, it is not possible for students to bring their own MacBook product and each student entering into the BSN program is required to participate in the Health Sciences Student Laptop Computer Program.</p>\r\n<p>The cost for the 2021-2022 academic year is $<span>1947.00</span> for an Apple MacBook with a three-year warranty and insurance, onsite IT support, IT loaner program, MS Office Suite and anti-virus software installed, USB hard drive for backup, privacy screen and carrying sleeve.</p>\r\n<p>For more information, please view the HSC ITS laptop support <a href=\"https://its.hsc.wvu.edu/computer-support/laptop-support-contacts/\">page</a>.</p>\r\n<p>*Please speak with representatives at the Beckley, Bridgeport, and Keyser locations regarding laptop requirements as they may differ from the Morgantown campus. </p>\r\n<h2>Information Request</h2>\r\n<p>Our Student Services staff will be glad to answer your questions in person, by phone or by e-mail. 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It wasn't because of pass rates or skills labs or class sizes. It was because here in this place there was something very special that could not adequately be expressed in words. I saw a great place built between the mountains that had been found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of freedom and friendship. I saw a place that fostered individualism, but also valued camaraderie. A place where friendships would be made over four years but would last a lifetime. That's how I saw it and see it still.</p>\r\n<h2>Could you share a positive experience from your time at the SON?</h2>\r\n<p>It would be very difficult to share just one positive experience, so I’d say all of my experiences with the friends I made here were some of the best and most positive memories I have here. 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I felt like a part of the healthcare team, and I couldn’t wait to help people. It felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and I caught a glimpse of what my future career could look like. During those testing and vaccine clinics, it felt like my dreams and ideas of becoming a nurse were turning into a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>What’s one piece of advice you would give to your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p>If I could go back to freshman year, I would tell myself to not worry so much about exams and assignments, but instead do my absolute best and get the most out of them that I can. Work hard, work well, and never say no to an opportunity in clinical, even if it feels outside of your comfort zone. </p>\r\n<h2>What are your plans after graduation?</h2>\r\n<p>After graduation, I’d like to work at the WVU Children’s Hospital on the MICC unit. 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They have challenged me and stretched me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I’m thankful for all they’ve taught me.</p>\r\n<p>Also, the clinical experience at WVU SON is like no other. Being able to learn at Ruby Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in the state of West Virginia and a high-performing level one trauma center in the region, has been a huge blessing. We’ve had opportunities that I’m not sure could’ve been found anywhere else.</p>\r\n<h2>How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?</h2>\r\n<p>I’ve been pondering this question a lot the past few months. The idea of the future, graduation and becoming an RN is a little intimidating to me. It’s extremely exciting, but a very big change that I’m sure will come with its own challenges. However, I truly do believe that WVU, specifically the School of Nursing, has prepared me for what lies ahead. </p>\r\n<p>During my time here, I’ve learned how to manage my time, how to take responsibility, how to manage hard work, and how to live life fully. We are Mountaineers, and this summer I was challenged to think about what that really means. 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Nursing students complete rural clinical practice experience during their senior year.</p>\r\n<p>Throughout the academic and clinical experiences, students will focus on the five core competencies that provide the framework for the BSN curriculum, including critical thinking, nursing interventions, professional role, caring, and communication which are outlined in more detail in our <a href=\"https://nursing.wvu.edu/students/resources/student-handbooks/\">Student Handbook</a>. </p>\r\n<p>Want to learn more about our BSN program? Watch this recording from a recent BSN virtual open house.</p>\r\n<?UMBRACO_MACRO macroAlias=\"EmbeddedVideo\" Url=\"https://youtu.be/Ri09v1t8MG4\" showDescription=\"0\" />\r\n<h2>Progression Plans</h2>\r\n<p>Depending on when you are admitted to the BSN program, the progression plan you follow in your time at WVU can vary slightly. 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I felt like a part of the healthcare team, and I couldn’t wait to help people. It felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and I caught a glimpse of what my future career could look like. During those testing and vaccine clinics, it felt like my dreams and ideas of becoming a nurse were turning into a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>What’s one piece of advice you would give to your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p>If I could go back to freshman year, I would tell myself to not worry so much about exams and assignments, but instead do my absolute best and get the most out of them that I can. Work hard, work well, and never say no to an opportunity in clinical, even if it feels outside of your comfort zone. </p>\r\n<h2>What are your plans after graduation?</h2>\r\n<p>After graduation, I’d like to work at the WVU Children’s Hospital on the MICC unit. After a few years, I’d love to be a travel nurse, and eventually work in the mission’s field as a nurse abroad. My sister spent the past summer in Africa for an internship and told me about the need for safe maternal and infant care over there. I’d love to be a part of a team that can make that a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>Why would you recommend the WVU School of Nursing to someone?</h2>\r\n<p>I have nothing but gratitude for the WVU School of Nursing. From the beginning, I have felt cared for and included in the program. Truthfully, I was nervous about coming to such a big school like WVU. I was afraid I’d just be a number on a roster, but my professors have never made me feel like that. Even in the bigger classes freshman and sophomore year, I felt seen and my education mattered to my professors. They have challenged me and stretched me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I’m thankful for all they’ve taught me.</p>\r\n<p>Also, the clinical experience at WVU SON is like no other. Being able to learn at Ruby Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in the state of West Virginia and a high-performing level one trauma center in the region, has been a huge blessing. We’ve had opportunities that I’m not sure could’ve been found anywhere else.</p>\r\n<h2>How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?</h2>\r\n<p>I’ve been pondering this question a lot the past few months. The idea of the future, graduation and becoming an RN is a little intimidating to me. It’s extremely exciting, but a very big change that I’m sure will come with its own challenges. However, I truly do believe that WVU, specifically the School of Nursing, has prepared me for what lies ahead. </p>\r\n<p>During my time here, I’ve learned how to manage my time, how to take responsibility, how to manage hard work, and how to live life fully. We are Mountaineers, and this summer I was challenged to think about what that really means. I believe Mountaineers are adventure-seekers. We like a challenge, we are curious, we are pioneers. We put the needs of others first and always seek a chance to learn. </p>\r\n<p>Growing up in this beautiful state, I’ve always been proud to be from West Virginia. After attending WVU, though, I feel an even deeper love for this state, this school, and being able to call myself a Mountaineer. I want to take what I’ve learned here and the boldness for adventure this school has imprinted on me as I move forward on to the next chapter in May.</p>\r\n<h2>Is there anything else you would like to add?</h2>\r\n<p>I really want to thank my family for encouraging me always, but especially in the decision to become a nurse. I want to thank my friends for letting me practice my head to toe assessment and vital sign competency tests on them, and for being huge supporters the past three years. I’m thankful for friends like Brooklyn Thomas, Lauren Louk, Autumn Oritz, and Kaitlyn Stephenson who are already working in the nursing field and have helped me see the joys of the profession that I have to look forward to. </p>\r\n<p>I want to encourage anyone who is considering nursing to just do it! It’s so worth it!  Be prepared for hard work, have a good support system around you, and be open to every opportunity that presents itself.</p>\r\n<p> </p>\r\n<p> </p>","fullName":"Carley LaPole","campus":746,"pullQuote":"I remember before the vaccine came out, I helped with COVID-19 testing at the Mountainlair and Rec Center. As I put on all of the PPE and looked around the room at the other volunteers and staff, I couldn’t help but smile. No, I wasn’t excited about COVID-19, but that was the first time where I felt like a nurse. 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Nursing students complete rural clinical practice experience during their senior year.</p>\r\n<p>Throughout the academic and clinical experiences, students will focus on the five core competencies that provide the framework for the BSN curriculum, including critical thinking, nursing interventions, professional role, caring, and communication which are outlined in more detail in our <a href=\"https://nursing.wvu.edu/students/resources/student-handbooks/\">Student Handbook</a>. </p>\r\n<p>Want to learn more about our BSN program? Watch this recording from a recent BSN virtual open house.</p>\r\n<?UMBRACO_MACRO macroAlias=\"EmbeddedVideo\" Url=\"https://youtu.be/Ri09v1t8MG4\" showDescription=\"0\" />\r\n<h2>Progression Plans</h2>\r\n<p>Depending on when you are admitted to the BSN program, the progression plan you follow in your time at WVU can vary slightly. 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I felt like a part of the healthcare team, and I couldn’t wait to help people. It felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and I caught a glimpse of what my future career could look like. During those testing and vaccine clinics, it felt like my dreams and ideas of becoming a nurse were turning into a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>What’s one piece of advice you would give to your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p>If I could go back to freshman year, I would tell myself to not worry so much about exams and assignments, but instead do my absolute best and get the most out of them that I can. Work hard, work well, and never say no to an opportunity in clinical, even if it feels outside of your comfort zone. </p>\r\n<h2>What are your plans after graduation?</h2>\r\n<p>After graduation, I’d like to work at the WVU Children’s Hospital on the MICC unit. 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They have challenged me and stretched me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I’m thankful for all they’ve taught me.</p>\r\n<p>Also, the clinical experience at WVU SON is like no other. Being able to learn at Ruby Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in the state of West Virginia and a high-performing level one trauma center in the region, has been a huge blessing. We’ve had opportunities that I’m not sure could’ve been found anywhere else.</p>\r\n<h2>How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?</h2>\r\n<p>I’ve been pondering this question a lot the past few months. The idea of the future, graduation and becoming an RN is a little intimidating to me. It’s extremely exciting, but a very big change that I’m sure will come with its own challenges. However, I truly do believe that WVU, specifically the School of Nursing, has prepared me for what lies ahead. </p>\r\n<p>During my time here, I’ve learned how to manage my time, how to take responsibility, how to manage hard work, and how to live life fully. We are Mountaineers, and this summer I was challenged to think about what that really means. I believe Mountaineers are adventure-seekers. We like a challenge, we are curious, we are pioneers. We put the needs of others first and always seek a chance to learn. </p>\r\n<p>Growing up in this beautiful state, I’ve always been proud to be from West Virginia. After attending WVU, though, I feel an even deeper love for this state, this school, and being able to call myself a Mountaineer. I want to take what I’ve learned here and the boldness for adventure this school has imprinted on me as I move forward on to the next chapter in May.</p>\r\n<h2>Is there anything else you would like to add?</h2>\r\n<p>I really want to thank my family for encouraging me always, but especially in the decision to become a nurse. I want to thank my friends for letting me practice my head to toe assessment and vital sign competency tests on them, and for being huge supporters the past three years. I’m thankful for friends like Brooklyn Thomas, Lauren Louk, Autumn Oritz, and Kaitlyn Stephenson who are already working in the nursing field and have helped me see the joys of the profession that I have to look forward to. </p>\r\n<p>I want to encourage anyone who is considering nursing to just do it! It’s so worth it!  Be prepared for hard work, have a good support system around you, and be open to every opportunity that presents itself.</p>\r\n<p> </p>\r\n<p> </p>","fullName":"Carley LaPole","campus":746,"pullQuote":"I remember before the vaccine came out, I helped with COVID-19 testing at the Mountainlair and Rec Center. As I put on all of the PPE and looked around the room at the other volunteers and staff, I couldn’t help but smile. No, I wasn’t excited about COVID-19, but that was the first time where I felt like a nurse. 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I liked that there was a direct admission option along with pre-nursing. I saw that they traveled and are very involved in the community.</p>\r\n<p>I also wanted to have the opportunity to work in the <a href=\"/umbraco/steps.wvu.edu\">WV STEPS Center</a>. In high school, I took an anatomy class, which was another key factor in my decision to go to nursing school. I joined a county-wide healthcare club because of this class, and we were supposed to visit the STEPS lab at WVU but never got the chance. This is a state-of-the-art facility right at our fingertips, and I’m so grateful to have gotten to learn in the lab. </p>\r\n<p>Lastly, the biggest deciding factor for choosing WVU School of Nursing was the fact that clinicals started sophomore year. Many of the other schools I looked into didn’t begin clinical experience until junior year. 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I felt like a part of the healthcare team, and I couldn’t wait to help people. It felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and I caught a glimpse of what my future career could look like. During those testing and vaccine clinics, it felt like my dreams and ideas of becoming a nurse were turning into a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>What’s one piece of advice you would give to your freshman self?</h2>\r\n<p>If I could go back to freshman year, I would tell myself to not worry so much about exams and assignments, but instead do my absolute best and get the most out of them that I can. Work hard, work well, and never say no to an opportunity in clinical, even if it feels outside of your comfort zone. </p>\r\n<h2>What are your plans after graduation?</h2>\r\n<p>After graduation, I’d like to work at the WVU Children’s Hospital on the MICC unit. After a few years, I’d love to be a travel nurse, and eventually work in the mission’s field as a nurse abroad. My sister spent the past summer in Africa for an internship and told me about the need for safe maternal and infant care over there. I’d love to be a part of a team that can make that a reality.</p>\r\n<h2>Why would you recommend the WVU School of Nursing to someone?</h2>\r\n<p>I have nothing but gratitude for the WVU School of Nursing. From the beginning, I have felt cared for and included in the program. Truthfully, I was nervous about coming to such a big school like WVU. I was afraid I’d just be a number on a roster, but my professors have never made me feel like that. Even in the bigger classes freshman and sophomore year, I felt seen and my education mattered to my professors. They have challenged me and stretched me outside of my comfort zone in so many ways, and I’m thankful for all they’ve taught me.</p>\r\n<p>Also, the clinical experience at WVU SON is like no other. Being able to learn at Ruby Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in the state of West Virginia and a high-performing level one trauma center in the region, has been a huge blessing. We’ve had opportunities that I’m not sure could’ve been found anywhere else.</p>\r\n<h2>How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?</h2>\r\n<p>I’ve been pondering this question a lot the past few months. The idea of the future, graduation and becoming an RN is a little intimidating to me. It’s extremely exciting, but a very big change that I’m sure will come with its own challenges. However, I truly do believe that WVU, specifically the School of Nursing, has prepared me for what lies ahead. </p>\r\n<p>During my time here, I’ve learned how to manage my time, how to take responsibility, how to manage hard work, and how to live life fully. We are Mountaineers, and this summer I was challenged to think about what that really means. I believe Mountaineers are adventure-seekers. We like a challenge, we are curious, we are pioneers. We put the needs of others first and always seek a chance to learn. </p>\r\n<p>Growing up in this beautiful state, I’ve always been proud to be from West Virginia. After attending WVU, though, I feel an even deeper love for this state, this school, and being able to call myself a Mountaineer. I want to take what I’ve learned here and the boldness for adventure this school has imprinted on me as I move forward on to the next chapter in May.</p>\r\n<h2>Is there anything else you would like to add?</h2>\r\n<p>I really want to thank my family for encouraging me always, but especially in the decision to become a nurse. I want to thank my friends for letting me practice my head to toe assessment and vital sign competency tests on them, and for being huge supporters the past three years. I’m thankful for friends like Brooklyn Thomas, Lauren Louk, Autumn Oritz, and Kaitlyn Stephenson who are already working in the nursing field and have helped me see the joys of the profession that I have to look forward to. </p>\r\n<p>I want to encourage anyone who is considering nursing to just do it! It’s so worth it!  Be prepared for hard work, have a good support system around you, and be open to every opportunity that presents itself.</p>\r\n<p> </p>\r\n<p> </p>","fullName":"Carley LaPole","campus":746,"pullQuote":"I remember before the vaccine came out, I helped with COVID-19 testing at the Mountainlair and Rec Center. As I put on all of the PPE and looked around the room at the other volunteers and staff, I couldn’t help but smile. No, I wasn’t excited about COVID-19, but that was the first time where I felt like a nurse. 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Nursing students complete rural clinical practice experience during their senior year.</p>\r\n<p>Throughout the academic and clinical experiences, students will focus on the five core competencies that provide the framework for the BSN curriculum, including critical thinking, nursing interventions, professional role, caring, and communication which are outlined in more detail in our <a href=\"https://nursing.wvu.edu/students/resources/student-handbooks/\">Student Handbook</a>. </p>\r\n<p>Want to learn more about our BSN program? Watch this recording from a recent BSN virtual open house.</p>\r\n<?UMBRACO_MACRO macroAlias=\"EmbeddedVideo\" Url=\"https://youtu.be/Ri09v1t8MG4\" showDescription=\"0\" />\r\n<h2>Progression Plans</h2>\r\n<p>Depending on when you are admitted to the BSN program, the progression plan you follow in your time at WVU can vary slightly. 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Back to Meet the Grads

Rylee Barkey

Bachelor of Science
School of Nursing

I chose WVU School of Nursing because it is where I felt most at home. Everyone within the school and people within the community seemed the most welcoming so that is ultimately why I chose WVU to call home.

What made you consider nursing as a program of study?

I considered nursing as a program of study after setting up a job shadow at Ruby Memorial Hospital while I was still in high school. While in high school, I still wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do, but after my day of job shadowing, I really learned what an important role the nurse plays in these patients and families' lives.

Did you have an ah-ha moment about wanting to become a nurse?

From having seen family members in the hospital during my teenage years, I realized just how much a nurse can change a situation and help others. I had seen how the nurse can be soothing, compassionate, caring and exhibit an incredible amount of qualities needed during such scary times for these patients and families. 

I especially knew I was in the right field after one of my clinical days in my junior level nursing semesters. I will never forget I had a patient who was alone and was a younger gentleman who was worried his cancer was back. During the day, he had told me he was very anxious and would love if I just sat and talked to him. I told him I most definitely could do that as we only get a one patient assignment at that clinical level. I pulled up a chair and we sat and talked the whole morning.

The doctors ended up telling him while I was in the room that the cancer was back, and he needed induction chemotherapy and they were moving to the bone marrow transplant unit. I will never forget this day as I stayed as strong as possible for the patient, but I remember just how hard it hit me as the student nurse, let alone the patient and family. I know I was able to truly be there to comfort him up until this devastating diagnosis. From that day forward, I knew this was exactly what I was meant to be.

Why did you choose WVU School of Nursing? 

I chose WVU School of Nursing because it is where I felt most at home. Everyone within the school and people within the community seemed the most welcoming, so that is ultimately why I chose WVU to call home.

WVU School of Nursing was set apart from other colleges for several reasons — first being I loved the recruiters that I spoke to at WVU, and I loved the campus. My favorite thing being that WVU School of Nursing had a highly ranked skills lab as well as the hospital connecting to Health Science Center. This was appealing to me as a lot of schools would have clinical at other hospitals that may be 30 minutes to an hour away.

Could you share a positive experience from your time at the SON?

I have several positive experiences from my time here at the School of Nursing. I think to all of the friendships I have made, being able to help patients in all the different areas of the hospital and learning from incredible professors! I truly am so grateful for my time here at West Virginia University and within the School of Nursing.

I think that the School of Nursing has not only prepared me for my future as a nurse but also I have seen how much I have grown as a person! I appreciate how rigorous the course work is here at the School of Nursing, as I think it helps us learn time management, being responsible, accountable and reliable. These are all qualities that are crucial to learn in order to succeed as an adult and having a career. I will forever be grateful for what West Virginia University’s School of Nursing has taught me!

What’s one piece of advice you would give your freshman self?

One piece of advice I would give to my freshman self would be to believe in yourself and find a balance that works for you! I think it is so important to have a balance and getting to meet new friends on campus but also taking your academics seriously. I also think that I often found myself talking down and not believing I could get the grades I wanted to achieve. I quickly learned that when you put in the effort, meet with professors, seek help anything is possible here at WVU!

What are your plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation are to work in either Labor & Delivery or Post-Partum at WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital!

How do you feel WVU prepared you for your next chapter?

I feel that WVU has prepared me very well for my next chapter. From seeing how I do on ATI exams, NCLEX predictors, how I feel in regards to my skills, communication, and confidence I most definitely feel WVU has prepared me well. I think the skills and information I have learned from my incredible nursing instructors and clinical instructors throughout my time here has left me feeling incredibly prepared to take my NCLEX and begin my career!