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Master of Science Student at MCCN

What inspired you to become a nurse?

When I was in high school, I found myself caught between a passion for music and a budding interest in medicine. I considered nursing but did not have the confidence to believe I could succeed at that time. So, I ultimately chose to study my first love of vocal music. I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 2015, and while I loved my studies, I couldn't shake that something was missing throughout college--like my purpose wasn't yet fulfilled. Finally, after graduating, I took the plunge and applied to an accelerated BSN program and my life has been full ever since. Nursing allows you to take a love for helping others and turn it into a literal career. It is the hardest, and most rewarding, thing I have ever done. Plus, the flexibility of nursing allows me to keep singing, too!

What is the best thing about Mount Carmel College of Nursing?

The incredibly supportive faculty has made a true difference in my NP education. I actually transferred in to MCCN halfway through my master's degree, and I was amazed at how supportive and mentored I felt compared to my previous school. Switching to Mount Carmel was such a good choice!

What are your goals for your nursing career?

I want to keep helping people by serving in the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner. I will take my boards - hopefully within the next month - and graduate in May with my Master's! I could not be more excited!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

It sounds cliche, but it's so real: don't doubt yourself. Ever. You'd be amazed at what you're able to accomplish with a little bit of hard work and faith.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?

Nursing won't be easy, but it will give you a perspective of the world that few have access to. You will be with people during some of the best and also some of the worst times of their lives. That is an honor and privilege not to be taken lightly.

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