What Nursing Means to Me and the Impact of Earning an MSN from Loyola University

When people ask me what nursing means to me, I have to stop and reflect on the last 33 years where nursing played a part in not only my professional but also my personal life. Nursing is not only my career, but part of who I am and who I strive to be. A nurse has to be able to care for people, not just with clinical skills but also with compassion and respect, and work each day with the highest level of honesty and integrity.

A career in nursing helped me to embrace what life is all about: caring for not only you, but for others too. I have had the opportunity to experience such a variety of roles from a clinical perspective and also by working in business environments requiring me to have the managerial and team work skills to motivate staff through times of change. But at the end of the day, when all is said and done, it's nice to know I can put my head on the pillow at night and be proud to say I'm a nurse first, and I did all I could to represent my profession well today, with patient and consumer advocacy in mind.

My career goal is to be able to earn my Master' s degree in nursing with a specialization in Health Care Systems Management and eventually pursue a teaching career in order to give back to the profession that I have been so passionate about for my entire life. I have the attributes of someone who could mentor new or prospective nursing students in their journey in becoming a registered nurse. Earning my MSN will enhance my ability to be a valuable addition to nursing educator faculty in the university, hospital, home health care or other nursing education environment.