“Becoming a nurse practitioner has been a lifelong dream of mine. I love to educate patients about preventive medicine and want the autonomy that this profession provides. Also, I feel that nurse practitioners are going to be the new wave of the future, and I cannot wait to be a part of it!”
— Elizabeth Huenefeldt (G’14)
Elizabeth Huenefeldt (G’14), of Illinois, earned her BSN in 2008 from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and is currently enrolled full time in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. In our latest Student Spotlight, she talks about the knowledge she’s gained through her coursework that she’s already applying to her current job and her experience with the Learning Management System.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
I have always wanted take my education to the next level. I felt that it is vitally important, not only for my chosen career path, but also to set an example to my children.
Why did you want to pursue this particular specialty?
Becoming a nurse practitioner has been a lifelong dream of mine. I love to educate patients about preventive medicine and want the autonomy that this profession provides. Also, I feel that nurse practitioners are going to be the new wave of the future, and I cannot wait to be a part of it!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
There will come a time in your education in which you feel like you are overwhelmed by the tasks in front of you. Just remember: Nothing is insurmountable. It just takes time, patience, and trust in yourself and in the learning process.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
2GU is highly interactive and user-friendly. You actually feel like you’re in a classroom! The learning experience is enriched by face-to-face interactions and discussions. It is easy to navigate and takes very little time to learn. It’s constantly being updated and improved, and any problems that I’ve run into have been fixed very quickly and efficiently.
Do you have an example you can share of a time when you were able to apply something you’d learned in class to your current job?
Absolutely! I just finished a research paper on the use of urine bags on children 0-3 years of age. I am scheduled to share my results at our departmental staff meeting as well as the ER physicians meeting.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in his or her career?
Every nurse should possess the ability to effectively communicate with patients. Whether you are educating somebody about their medications or communicating with the family of a critical patient, a nurse’s ability to communicate is of the utmost importance.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I work per diem. I am required to work a minimum of 24 hours per month. I average about 20 hours of work per week.
In what states have you practiced?
I have practiced in Illinois.
In what departments have you worked?
I started out with my EMT-B license and then went to nursing school, during which I worked at a Level I Trauma Center as a Nurse Technician. After graduating from nursing school, I became a nurse at a Level II Trauma Center and have worked there since.
How old are you?
I am 28 years old (soon to be 29!)
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I have been married for eight wonderful years and have two little boys: Miles (6) and Brice (3).
How long have you been in nursing?
I have been a nurse for more than four years.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
I make sure to take time for myself by exercising or just going to a restaurant or coffee shop and just enjoying “me time.” When I am home with my children, I try to avoid doing anything school-related and just enjoy my time with them, no matter what assignments I have due or tests I have coming up. I keep my limitations in mind and try not to push myself so hard that I burn out.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Most people are more than happy to help a student either because they’ve been there themselves or are just plain excited that you’re taking your career to the next level!
We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).