Seeking my Masters, I am reminded of the great plans I had for my future education and the bitter sweet disappointments that despite my career success, still tug at my heart. I intended to get my BSN while pursuing my RN diploma; unfortunately life altered those plans as it often does. Children, aging parents, and a burgeoning career consumed my time while an academic nursing environment not particularly welcoming to the stigmatized diploma graduate of the eighties sapped my resolve.
I entered college during a tumultuous social time and at 17 it had an intense impact on the unguided young woman that I was. In parallel fashion I entered nursing at the height of its most spectacular turbulence, when the effects of the 1965 ANA white paper was finally bringing sweeping historical change and creating simultaneously deep seated divide among nurses. Nearly fifty years later the search for professionalism continues, radical nursing unions hold sway in many parts of the country and the entry of the DnP stands to be either a beacon or further rift. Right or wrong, agree or not, nursing needs its leaders who have grown from within and it needs them badly.
I look back on my career realizing that I have been a mentor, a change agent and an influence on nursing practice in home health. A Masters in Nursing and ultimately a DnP would validate the work I have done - giving me the tools to speak for nursing change in the community. Community health is the origin of nursing, standing today as a key component of the future, with little voice of its own. I aspire to be that voice.
Loyola offers synchronicity of mission with my beliefs and flexibility an online program allows in continuing the important work I do daily