Nursing alum finds opportunity to change lives in graduate studies
A friend convinced me to transfer to nursing from the science degree program, but I still wasn't sure I wanted to be a nurse – I didn't know if I could handle the blood and the vomit. It turns out that part was just fine, but I still didn't really feel comfortable until my second clinical rotation. That's when I started to realize that I really like sitting down and talking to people. I remember leaving the hospital one day after treating a patient and thinking I could do this for the rest of my life. I found it rewarding. I went into that clinical shift scared and I left fired up.
Two faculty members, Margaret Milner and Cheryl Pollard, inspired me to continue with my studies. Margaret is a tough marker, but she makes sure her students research and write their papers at the level required for a master’s degree. And Cheryl taught my leadership class. She always talked about challenging the process and for me, that meant continuing to study and learn more. Those two teachers gave me the idea that I could go into graduate studies and be really successful, and now I’m getting my master’s in nursing in the nurse practitioner stream, hoping to specialize in geriatrics.
Every day that I go to work as a nurse, I think about how I’ve got the opportunity to affect or change someone’s life, and that’s really motivating. When you start as a nursing student, you may think you’re far away from helping people, but when you graduate, you’re going to have an opportunity to change lives and that’s really something special.
— Nicholas Swoboda, Bachelor of Science in Nursing alum (’15)
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