“I think it is always important to never lose sight of who the patients are.”
— Thinh Nguyen (G’14)
Virginia resident Thinh Nguyen (G’14) earned his BSN in 2010 and is currently enrolled part time in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. In our latest Student Spotlight, learn more about how the Nursing@Georgetown program changed his mind about online education.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
Education has always been my passion, and I firmly believe that life is learning in progress. Having been a bedside nurse for a couple of years, I was definitely ready to pursue the next level.
Why did you want to pursue this particular specialty?
I was particularly interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner role because it covers care throughout the lifespan of an individual. In this manner, we can see each patient holistically. Being able to provide a continuity of care for patients as they age from infancy through adulthood is very rewarding. Furthermore, having the opportunity to provide care for a family with multiple generations is very intriguing!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?
Never be afraid to ask any question. Everybody in this program has always been so friendly and approachable.
What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?
I was somewhat skeptical entering an online program; I feared that the motivation might be lacking if I had to learn everything myself at my own pace. I was pleasantly surprised by the creative, interactive, web-based system that 2GU has to offer.
I really like having small classes of a dozen or so students, where we are all sitting thousands of miles apart, yet I can still see everyone’s shining face!
What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in his or her career?
Though we come into this program with open minds and try to absorb as much knowledge as we can, I think it is always important to never lose sight of who the patients are. Each patient is an individual with a personal culture, background, family, and set of beliefs – we as future practitioners should respect each individual.
Do you currently work part or full time?
I started out working full time but switched to per diem to maintain a more balanced, flexible schedule.
In what states have you practiced?
I have only practiced in Virginia.
In what departments have you worked?
I have been a nurse in the Acute Neuroscience Unit from the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) for almost three years.
How old are you?
I am 27 years old.
How long have you been in nursing?
I have been a nurse for almost three years.
What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?
I believe creating a healthy work-school-life balance is essential. I maintain a very organized calendar that is frequently updated.
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?
At the beginning of the semester, I knew we had to write an in-depth research paper, so I wanted to write it on something useful. I approached the nurse clinician on my unit to find out what problems we were struggling with. She informed me that our post-operative patients were experiencing an unfavorably high percentage of ileus formations.
Therefore, I developed a very thorough analysis for the implementation of gum chewing on postoperative ileus for one of our research papers. I submitted my findings to her, and she was delighted! She forwarded the results to my nurse manager, who forwarded it to other administrative leaders in the hospital, and protocols are in the works on how to implement it on a wider scale across multiple units.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Georgetown has a wonderful campus — I would advise those who attend the On-Campus Intensives to tour the campus and the surrounding areas!
We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-HOYA (4692).