"Seeing the response of healthcare professions during this pandemic makes me all the more eager to get a job and enter the workforce as soon as possible. Seeing the impact that these health care professionals are having on their communities is very inspiring."
Why did you choose the WVU School of Nursing?
So many things about the WVU School of Nursing impressed me when I visited and toured the health sciences campus. The access to state-of-the-art simulation equipment as well as a curriculum that emphasized clinical experience all were part of my decision to attend WVU.
Why did you choose nursing as a profession?
I always knew that I wanted to work with people and be challenged every day. The nursing profession seems to offer a work environment where technical skill meets caring and compassion. It seemed like a perfect fit for me.
Did you have an “a-ha” moment when you knew this was the right major for you?
When I started my leadership rotation in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, I was blown away by how complex the patient care was. I was very intimidated and thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up. Luckily, my nurse mentor was an excellent teacher. The first day that I took care of both patient assignments by myself, I knew that I would definitely be capable of tackling any challenge in the future.
Did you participate in any student organizations or clubs while at WVU?
I didn’t participate in many student organizations while at WVU. I was a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs and attended every football and basketball game possible. I also was a member of SNA.
What piece of advice would you give to the incoming class?
If I could emphasize anything to the incoming class, it would be to embrace the challenges you face. Throughout your education, things will feel difficult, but the challenges will only serve to make you more prepared. Be confident in your ability to adapt and overcome challenges.
Why should a potential nursing student choose the WVU School of Nursing?
Because of the number of clinical hours that the WVU SON offers, you will undoubtedly receive experiences that you may not get elsewhere. The School of Nursing also employs high quality clinical instructors and lecturers who serve as excellent mentors.
It has been a little different ending your education at home under quarantine. How have you adapted?
Transitioning to online courses was certainly disappointing. I was getting such great experience in my leadership position and did not want to miss out on that. That being said, the transition to online has allowed me to take more time exploring job options and preparing for the NCLEX.
Where are you off to next? Do you have a job lined up?
I plan to return to my hometown of Cumberland, MD and work at UPMC Western Maryland. My goal is to work in one of the intensive care units and get more critical care experience. I plan to return to school one day, but have not made a decision on what area I want to continue studying.
Coronavirus has shown us the very best of health care professionals in trying times. Has this made you more focused on becoming a nurse/convinced you that you have made the right decision?
Seeing the response of healthcare professions during this pandemic makes me all the more eager to get a job and enter the workforce as soon as possible. Seeing the impact that these health care professionals are having on their communities is very inspiring.
2020 is the Year of the Nurse and is also 200 years since Florence Nightingale was born. What do you think is special about nurses?
Because of the amount of direct patient care that nurses perform, they have the opportunity and ability to build meaningful relationships with their patients. We are in a position that allows us to positively impact the lives of those we work with.