I chose to earn my MSN degree because I wanted to do more for people. I wanted to let patients know that healthcare providers do listen and are here to help them. So, I began to research schools and that’s when I came across Herzing. What stood out to me about Herzing was its integrity, program selection and adaptability, so I decided to apply.
The admissions counselors and my original student advisor Meaghan were fantastic in helping me get started! With their assistance, I was able to complete my program quickly with additional help from my transfer credits. I also liked that Herzing had classes through the summer and is fast-tracked compared to other schools.
When thinking about my classes, I would say that Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology were most valuable in preparing me for my career. These two courses were essentially the backbone of what my knowledge was built around! So much so that I often find myself referencing back to my patho and pharm notes or index cards for help! I’d like to give a special shout-out to Professor Lynn, who was one of the best professors and clinical advisors I have ever had throughout my educational journey!
As amazing as my experience was, I faced two challenges while earning my degree at Herzing. The first challenge was one that many of us face: time management. Managing a farm, a home, a family, a job and school wasn't easy, but I learned to find the time for each of these.
COVID was the second challenge I faced and what a challenge to overcome it was! Unfortunately, I had to take a semester off because there were no available clinicals in my area. Eventually, I did find one and through it, I learned to work through the new rules and regulations COVID created. I kept my goal in sight even through the hard times, and eventually found my success!
Now that I’m graduating, I’m looking forward to starting my new career and continuing to learn. In medicine, I believe that you never stop learning from the patients you work with every day. Making a difference in at least one person's life, even if that is simply putting a smile on their face, is such a rewarding experience!
Throughout my education, I was surprised at how much confidence I gained in myself while earning my degree. At times, I felt like I was lost and would never remember all this information, but I stuck with it and eventually found success.
If I had any advice to leave, it’s getting as much experience as a nurse as you can! Experience is your friend!