Maryland resident Jennifer Miller (G’13) earned her BSN degree in 2006 from Towson University. 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?
I am becoming an APRN because I had always wanted to pursue an advanced practice degree after nursing school, and I wanted to be able to provide patient-centered care to my patients.
Why did you want to pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty?
I decided to pursue the FNP specialty because, throughout my work in the emergency department, it became apparent that there is a great need for primary care physicians in this country. I also love seeing patients of all ages with a variety of problems, so the FNP concentration is the perfect fit for me.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
To someone just starting this career path I would suggest staying organized. This planning can help you balance your school, work, and family life. The program can be difficult at times but well worth it at the end.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
2GU has been very easy to navigate. Any problems I have had have been addressed by student support. Student support is great for updating you with important messages about 2GU and any new updates to the system.
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?
I felt like I was always applying my new knowledge at work. I have started thinking of differential diagnoses at triage.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in their career?
Every nurse should possess ingenuity! We are always finding ways to make things work for our patients. This is important when establishing a plan of care because if the patient is not on board, it will not get done.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I am not currently working. I stopped working about six months into the program, just after starting my clinical rotations. It was a hard decision to make but a necessary one at the same time.
In what states have you practiced?
I have practiced as an RN in Maryland for the past six years and have been doing my NP clinical rotations in Delaware.
In what departments have you worked?
My nursing career started as a patient care technician in a postpartum unit as a nursing student. Then I started working in the emergency department after graduation. I was drawn to the ED because of the fast-paced environment and the variety of patient complaints.
How old are you?
I am 28 years old.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I have been married for six years to my wonderful husband, Brent. We have a 3 ½-year-old daughter who has learned what it means to “study” and always tells me, “Good luck on your test, Ma!” We also have two big dogs, two cats, and a tank full of fish.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
While I was working, I made the most of any available free time. I studied in the evenings, during my daughter’s naps, and on the weekends. I made sure to keep a calendar with important dates and also set aside time to spend with my family. When this became too difficult, is when I made the decision to stop working, which allowed more time for school and family.
Anything else you’d like to share?
While the program has been difficult at times, it has gone by fast and I feel the program has been wonderful. Between the Georgetown program and my great clinical preceptors, I feel I will have a solid knowledge base to start practicing as an APRN.
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