Minnesota resident Megan Persson (G’13) earned her BSN degree in 2008 and has been in the nursing field for four years. She is currently enrolled full-time in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Here, she shares with us her tips for maintaining a healthy work-school-life balance and why she chose to pursue this particular concentration.
Why are you becoming an APRN?
I am becoming an APRN because it will give me the skills necessary to manage families in primary care. APRNs are able to fully utilize the nursing model by incorporating health promotion, disease management, and patient education into every patient encounter.
Why did you want to pursue this particular concentration?
I am particularly interested in caring for the entire family in the primary care setting because the primary care office is where relationships are built and maintained. I want to be that point of contact for my patient and their entire family. The FNP is in an excellent position to be the one to guide patients through their health care needs by offering high-quality and patient-centered care.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
My best advice would be to start preparing now! Consider your strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. Involve your family and friends in this exciting journey you are embarking upon!
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
The best way to maintain a healthy work-school-life balance is to keep a detailed schedule. Planning my week’s activities in advance has been my saving grace. Also, taking time to exercise on a regular basis is an excellent stress reliever. Accept support from family and friends when they offer it to you, and always leave a little time off in your week to do something fun that is not school-related!
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
I have had a great experience with 2GU. It is incredibly easy to navigate, and I have not encountered any technical difficulties.
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?
My background of adult ICU is very different from primary care. However, the advanced health assessment skills along with the pathophysiology and pharmacology knowledge obtained during this program have really helped me look at my patients in the ICU holistically and from a more intuitive perspective.
Do you currently work part or full-time?
I am currently working part-time in an adult medical intensive care unit.
In what departments have you worked?
All of my experience is in adult ICU.
What state are you from originally?
I am originally from a very small town in South Dakota but now reside in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.
In what states have you practiced?
I have practiced in South Dakota and Minnesota.
How old are you?
I am 26 years old.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for two years. We have no children but we do have an incredibly spoiled and horribly trained Boston Terrier named Brutus.
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in their career?
Every nurse must possess the skill of therapeutic communication. Communication is always two-sided and learning to reach common goals with your patients will only aid you in your future practice.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Georgetown is an exceptional place to grow into the APRN role. The programs are extremely challenging but incredibly rewarding at the same time. The faculty members are experts in their fields, engaging, supportive, and nurturing of their students. Welcome to Georgetown — go Hoyas!
We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).