Monday, December 9, 2013

Getting Further in Life with Kaplan University

I love keeping up with my friends via social media.  I have one friend, in particular, that I really admire.  Truth is, we've never met in person.  We know one another through blogging-- back in my days of blogging about running and triathlon-- and I've followed her as she has gone through many life changes over the past 7 or 8 years.  One of those life changes was going back to school to pursue a nursing degree.  She continues to further her education and career, and I wanted to share a little bit about her.
 She is raising two beautiful little souls, working night shifts, and still makes it to the occasional concert, ballgame, and running event.
Here are some words from Brooke on why she is continuing her education: 
"Many hospitals are now striving toward Magnet Status. Magnet Recognized hospitals are known for providing excellent nursing care and often attract top doctors and excellent nurses. Hospitals must go through many steps to become magnet certified; one of those steps is having 80% of nurses be BSN (Bachelor's) vs. ADN (associates degree). The hospital I work in here in NH is going through the process of becoming Magnet Certified; therefore, the Elliot Hospital no longer hires nurses without a Bachelor's Degree. This can be a problem for newly graduated nurses from Associate's Degree programs. We have many Nursing Assistants who work in our dept who are currently in nursing programs who may not be able to find a job at our facility after graduation." 
Brooke on Graduation Day!
"I am in a BSN program with 6 weeks to go (yay!!!!). I originally started my BSN program because I would like to be a pediatric NP. I am applying to Master's programs currently, but one obstacle I am running into is that when I went to college (the first time) at age 18, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life and had no real direction. Therefore, I didn't do well in school. I got mostly C's and D's and eventually dropped out of school in order to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. A marriage and 2 children later, when I returned to school to pursue nursing, I had those bad grades working against me. I was able to re-take classes and get into nursing school where I did well. I have a 3.8 GPA in my BSN courses; However, applying to Graduate School those grades from 20 yrs are causing problems as they are factored into my overall GPA. The student I was 20 yrs ago is no reflection on the student that I am today. I love nursing and feel that I have found my calling in life."

Next time, I'll share "a day in the life of Brooke" and what it takes to work night shifts, sleep during the day and still manage to be a dedicated mother.  

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