Virginia resident Hannah Moon (G’13) earned her BSN degree in 2009 from Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, and has worked in both an ICU and a pain management clinic. She is currently enrolled full time in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Here, she shares with us her motivations for pursuing an advanced degree and how Nursing@Georgetown has helped make it possible.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
Helping patients manage their health and promoting wellness continued to be the most rewarding aspects of my past RN experience. Many patients were afraid to ask the doctors questions and found an empathetic nurse like me to be more approachable.
With the emotional connections I made with returning patients, I was able to monitor their progress and also earn their trust. I wanted to expand this important role at the next level as an FNP.
Why did you want to pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration?
My career goal is to provide culturally sensitive primary health care that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, while managing common acute and chronic health problems. In addition, I was highly encouraged from NPs with specialty degrees to pursue an FNP degree to widen my job opportunities and practice settings.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
Make sure you are entering a field that you are passionate about because there will be times when things are difficult and you will question your decision. I established a strong, supportive relationship with my cohort, which helped me significantly in those times.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
2GU has been phenomenal. I love the fact that I can listen and re-listen to lectures even when after the semester is over. The videos and wall postings have been invaluable throughout my clinical experiences. I find myself referring back to previous resources from my FNP courses all the time.
Living near D.C. and having had both on-campus and off-campus experiences, I feel that this online program utilizes class time more efficiently because it allows students to listen to lectures beforehand, thus opening up class time for Q&A and case studies. It does, however, hold us to a higher standard because students are expected to come prepared for application and discussion.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in their career?
Willingness to learn! Nurse Practitioners who have practiced for many years should always be open to learning new things. When you become an NP, you are committing yourself to be a lifelong student.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I worked part time tutoring local students throughout the program until my last semester.
In what states have you practiced?
I’ve practiced in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
In what departments have you worked?
I’ve worked in a mixed ICU at a university hospital in D.C. and a pain management clinic at a university hospital in Richmond, VA.
How old are you?
I am 30 years old.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am single without children.
How long have you been in nursing?
I had a little less than two years working as an RN prior to entering the Georgetown’s full time FNP program.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
Keep at least one day open during the week. I always kept my Sundays open and let my friends and family know my availabilities. Keeping a consistent schedule of work and play time greatly minimized stress.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Although this is an online program, there is constant communication with the faculty. My clinical faculty advisor was most willing to meet with me through 2GU or visit my clinical site to ensure smooth transition, monitor my growth, and address concerns. There is constant support throughout this program from the faculty and administrative staffs, so don’t be afraid to reach out! What impresses me in this program is that you’re given individual attention. Everyone is highly interested in assisting you to utilize the tools you need and in seeing you succeed.
For those of you who are new grads with a BSN and know you want to pursue an APRN role, don’t hesitate! Although having many years of experience as an RN is a plus, you can still successfully transition to this advanced practice role without “paying your dues” as we say in nursing.
We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).