Undergraduate Institution: University of Phoenix
Undergrad Major: BSN
Type of Work: Emergency/Trauma Nursing, EMS Coordinator, Paramedic Instructor
Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?
I felt that my years of clinical experiences could be best augmented by becoming a proficient academic writer. I solved problems at the bedside as a nurse, on the department level as a Clinical Coordinator and EMS Coordinator, for individual students as a paramedic instructor, and for our Simulation Center as manager for years. I knew there was more I could provide to healthcare. The MSHC program was a great fit for me since I work full time. I am older, and the one year Masters Degree is a plus. Learning makes me feel 30 years younger.
What are your career goals?
My goal is to write, present, and teach. Patient safety has always been my primary concern, so starting a consulting business may be in my future. Most importantly, being in control of my own future and work load, I will do what I love and never have to retire.
What is your favorite part of the program so far?
Dr. Lambert’s class is highly entertaining and educational. I like having a framework for change through communication. The support of the faculty and staff is enormous help.
Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?
My advice is: be sure not to bite off more than you can chew. Set up a space where you can work uninterrupted. Take the readings and spread them out over the week answering the discussion questions as you go. DON’T wait until the last minute to work on your paper. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Spend time with your family and friends, the distraction will help you think.
Is there any additional advice or information that you would share?
Making changes in healthcare is a colossal task. It will take alterations in the way we think as a people and as a country. These changes will not take place over night and may take many generations. There is opposition on all sides of every issue in the complicated landscape of healthcare. That does not mean we should not try. “Not because it is easy, but because it is hard” (John Kennedy).