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MCCN RN-BSN Student and Firefighter/Paramedic for more than 20 years

What inspired you to become a nurse?

I have been a Firefighter/Paramedic for nearly 23 years and an ED Nurse for one year. I have always worked to expand my knowledge, taking every opportunity to grow and provide care at the far edge of my skillset. Emergency nursing has served to increase my skills and abilities to new heights and both jobs complement each other, which allows me to provide expert care and compassion to my patients in either setting.

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

As an RN-BSN student I appreciate the ability to work these classes into my busy life. The objectives are clear, and the syllabus is easy to follow. The instructors are experienced and very engaged in the class, and the curriculum is well organized.

What are your goals for your nursing career?

When I am able to retire from the fire department, nursing will be my primary job. I have a strong pull towards attending either NP or CRNA school after retirement, but I am definitely enjoying emergency nursing for the time being and may choose to spend my career in that setting.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I wish I had gone to nursing school much earlier in life. I spent many years telling myself that nursing wasn't a career that suited me, however I have found that I thoroughly enjoy treating patients at the next level and the connections you make with patients in nursing that don't generally exist in EMS.

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

Nursing is a difficult but rewarding experience. The doors that open up with a nursing license are endless, whether your passion is bedside care or elsewhere. Nursing school is a definite challenge, so pay attention and study hard, because the details do matter. Know why you are providing the care that you are providing and always strive to stay current in your knowledge base.

Why Choose Us


scholarship money awarded from the Mount Carmel Foundation in 2023


of graduates employed within 12 months (2021 grads)


2023 NCLEX-RN pass rate