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Rylee Stauffer

Bachelor of Science
School of Nursing
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I love spending time with people and comforting them, so learning that nurses are the ones who spend the majority of their time by the patient’s side sealed the deal for me.

Why did you choose the WVU School of Nursing?

I chose WVU School of Nursing because I had heard about their extremely high NCLEX-RN® pass rates and the great clinical experiences students received at the best hospital in our state.

Why did you choose Nursing as a profession?

I chose nursing because I’ve always been interested in the medical field and the more research I did, nursing seemed to be the best fit for my personality. I love spending time with people and comforting them, so learning that nurses are the ones who spend the majority of their time by the patient’s side sealed the deal for me.

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

I definitely had my “a-ha!” moment during our pediatric rotation. My time in the pediatric ICU sparked a new passion inside of me that I had not experienced with any other type of patient care before.

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

Be prepared to work hard and learn a ton! Looking back on my time in nursing school, I cannot believe how much information we’ve learned and how much we’ve all grown as critical thinkers. You may think you’ll never make it to the end, but trust me, you can, and you will! Also, try your hardest to see the best in everyone. Patient care can be frustrating at times, but empathy and compassion are two of the best qualities a nurse can have.

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

I had a great experience with the WVU School of Nursing! I think they have given us all the information we need to succeed as future nurses and more! The variety of clinical placements really allowed us to see different disease processes we were learning about in class, first-hand. Also, everyone is so kind and helpful from fellow students to faculty and staff. I think the program and university in general are very well-rounded.

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

I accepted an RN position in the pediatric ICU at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and I could not be more excited!

Let’s go.