Student Spotlight: Jessica Kayser
“I love 2GU! It is simple to navigate, and the rare issues I have had were dealt with quickly by student support. It is organized and efficient, and it has the feel of social media pages that most students are already familiar with.”
— Jessica Kayser (G’14)
Jessica Kayser (G’14), of Oklahoma, earned her BSN from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and is currently enrolled part time in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. Here, she talks about why she decided to pursue this specialty, and how she’s been able to apply what she’s learned in the classroom to her current job.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
I have found myself wanting more out of my nursing career. I want to be able to take my ability to care for my patients to the next level and advocate for the care that they want.
Why did you want to pursue the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty?
I can’t imagine working in any other field than women’s health. I knew the first day of my L&D rotation in nursing school that this was the path I am supposed to be on. We don’t have midwives in my little town, so I am hoping to be able to work with the physician providers to add midwifery care as an option for the women in our community.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
Get organized. This path is incredibly rewarding and interesting, but it is not easy. The coursework is challenging, and the study and clinic time will take time away from family time. Keep a good working calendar and stay on top of your assignments, so you can add in family and personal time as often as possible.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
I love 2GU! It is simple to navigate, and the rare issues I have had were dealt with quickly by student support. It is organized and efficient, and it has the feel of social media pages that most students are already familiar with.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in their career?
Compassion. Anyone with nursing at their core should always hold on to their compassion for their patients and their colleagues. It is important to remember, especially as your career changes to advanced practice, that you are still a nurse and that good outcomes come from listening to your patients, listening to your colleagues, and making plans for care that is holistically centered and mutually designed.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I am a PRN (per diem nurse) in labor and delivery.
In what states have you practiced?
I have practiced in Oklahoma.
In what departments have you worked?
I have worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, and women’s surgery.
How old are you?
I am 28 years old.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am married with a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.
How long have you been in nursing?
I have been in nursing since 2007.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
Honestly, it is all about priorities. School is demanding, and I have had to make some sacrifices personally and professionally to be able to dedicate the necessary time and effort that is required to be successful in this program. I have had to remind myself that my career as a CNM is my future, and the temporary inconvenience of not being able to do all of the other things is worth the sacrifice. My husband is extremely supportive and has made that whole process much easier and doable.
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?
The examples are endless, especially since the clinical aspect of the program started. Class became much easier as I was living every clinic day what I was learning in class. It also changed my thought process while I worked as a RN, thinking about all of the prenatal steps and their implications that lead to the point of labor beginning. It has absolutely made me a better nurse.
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