Doctor of Nursing Practice, Student
Hometown: Lewisville, TX
DNP, Saint Mary's College (expected)
BSN, Texas Woman's University
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience in your graduate program?
I really like the challenge of learning. Not just hearing something "cool" or "neat" but really learning something that will change the way I practice or view something. This learning process has been facilitated by the encouragement and support of faculty invested in the success of the students.
Describe the most valuable part of your experience in your graduate program.
The hands on learning provided by clinical hours has been the most valuable. Clinical hours are where classroom learning is applied and integrated into practice.
What was your favorite class and why?
So far, I reflect most often on my entrepreneur and business class. It helped me look at prospective ambitions to which I had never given serious thought. This has helped give more meaning to my achieving a DNP degree.
If you could describe a typical week in your graduate program, what would that look like?
Eight to ten hours of my Sundays are spent in ecclesiastical ventures, as I am involved in my local congregation's leadership. This includes meetings, worship services, and home visits. I spend time with my family and, at the end of the day, try to finish assignments not yet completed for the week. Three days of the week are spent at work leaving three days dedicated to home and family (I have three children and a wife to care for) and school work. Clinical hours need to be scheduled in and dedicated study time has to be factored. I am not generally an organized individual. so it is a constant juggling act to balance all of the various responsibilities to which I feel obligated.