“Employers are recognizing that education makes a difference, and they are moving to hire the best-educated nurses possible. Nurses looking to remain competitive with essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive across settings are returning to school in greater numbers”. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2015)
Nina began her career in health care as a nurse’s aide at the age of 17. She started working toward her nursing degree at the age of 22 and finished the practical nurse program in 2011. While working as a home health Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), she continued her education earning an Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2014. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Mt. Carmel College of Nursing and expects to graduate in December 2015. “Nina is passionate about nursing, as well as her education” noted a faculty member. “She is a self-directed, mature professional with good critical thinking skills, all of which are important to a nurse.” Nina has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full time and caring for elderly family members.
Jessica’s passion for nursing stemmed from a volunteer experience with Angel’s Ministry in which she witnessed first hand the poor health conditions that plague homeless families. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of these individuals propelled her into the nursing profession. She will earn her BSN in December 2015 from Chamberlain College of Nursing and plans to eventually become a nurse practitioner with a focus on family practice and community health. Jessica is a full-time student, mother, volunteer and president of her school’s student nurse association. “Jessica’s wonderful attitude is contagious,” remarked a nurse educator. She juggles all of her responsibilities while maintaining a 3.5 GPA”.
If asked why she chose nursing Alicia will passionately explain that it is because “nurses know how to look into the depths of a patient and make that person aware of every bit of strength they have. I dream of being the nurse who places pink boxing gloves on the little girl who is finishing her last rounds of chemotherapy.” Faculty at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing describe her as “a bright and shining star among the students.” While pursuing her BSN she tutors students from surrounding communities, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and fund raises for the Children’s Miracle Network. She maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Kayla is pursuing her BSN at Ohio University Zanesville. Upon completion of her degree she plans to work as a pediatric nurse caring for children with cancer. Eventually, she plans to earn a graduate degree in nursing to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to help families in need and found the experience to be life-changing. She is now in charge of planning a similar mission trip for her BSN nursing class. Kayla maintains a 3.5 GPA.
“Quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce. With patient care growing more complex, ensuring a sufficient RN workforce is not merely a matter of how many nurses are needed, but rather an issue of preparing an adequate number of nurses with the right educational mix to meet health care needs.”
Like so many others, Rose decided to pursue nursing as a second career. She is currently attending Capital University as a student in its BSN program. “I chose to go into nursing because I want the opportunity to work for more than the sake of working. I want to treat each patient as I would want to be treated.” In class Rose asks the deeper questions and works with others to help them understand difficult concepts. As a faculty member noted, “ The financial help provided by NNPS will be money well invested because the nursing profession will be given a great gift”. A mother of four, Rose also helps her elderly grandmother with her mobility needs while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.
Her experiences with nurses during a health crisis faced by a family member led Rachel to choose the profession of nursing. “The nurses were the ones who held our family together,” she explains. She wants to become an emergency room nurse and is pursuing a BSN at Capital University. Not only is Rachel an excellent student, but she also is a student athlete with the women’s track team, vice-president of the Circle K and volunteers at the Jewish Community Center; all while meeting the rigors of the nursing program and earning a 3.5 GPA.