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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Associate Engagement Coordinator at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis

Where are you from: Newburgh, Indiana, Castle High School

Where do you currently reside? Indianapolis, Indiana

What brought you to USI?
I had heard from multiple sources that USI's BSN program was one of the best in all of Indiana due to the evidence-based, up to date curriculum, exceptional NCLEX passing rates and affordable tuition. It was also close to home, which I appreciated!

Please tell us how the College of Nursing and Health Professions prepared you for your career.
USI's nursing faculty is top notch. They set the expectation early that the nursing program was going to be tough, but worth it. Not only did they support students academically, but emotionally as well. USI's nursing faculty is often the first example of nurses their students have, and they take that seriously. I learned how to be professional, value evidence-based practice, keep the patient at the center of my care and live above reproach within the workplace.

Were you in any clubs, organizations, athletics?
I was a Student Ambassador my freshman and sophomore year. I prioritized being a Young Life leader at Castle High School throughout my time at USI. I didn't really have much time for anything else while juggling nursing school!

What has been your favorite memory of your time at USI?
By far the relationships I developed with the nursing faculty. They are some of the most professional, motivated, and kind humans I know. I've had the pleasure of continually working with them in various ways throughout my nursing career!

What would you tell someone who is thinking of coming to USI?
You won't regret it! You will be challenged and stretched, but treated as a family member, receive first class learning from faculty that know you on a personal level, and set up for success.

Anything you would like to add that we didn't ask about?
I transferred out of bedside nursing after one year due to another job opportunity within the operational side of nursing. Before making that decision, I reached out to two of my USI nursing faculty to ask for guidance out of fear of "ruining my nursing career." By happenstance, I ran into both of them out in public that same week. They both took the time to encourage me in keeping my hands open in regards to my nursing career. I felt so affirmed, and they were the reason I ended up applying to that position. The majority of my nursing career now has been in nursing recruitment, retention and recognition, which has been challenging but fulfilling work!