Michelle Woo (NHS’20)

FNP, Sacramento, California

Michelle Woo, a registered nurse (RN) based in Davis, California, is a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Learn more about why she decided to earn her Master of Science degree in Nursing and how she thinks her previous work in public health will inform her nursing career.

Tell us about yourself.

Before becoming an RN, I had a career in public health in which I helped implement prevention initiatives for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

I love photography and learning how to cook quick, easy, healthy meals, especially vegan desserts. While I’m not vegan, I have friends who can’t have eggs or dairy. During my limited free time, I also love hanging out with friends and family.

Why did you decide to earn your Master of Science degree in Nursing?

I decided to go for my Master of Science degree in Nursing with the goal of becoming an FNP because I saw a large gap between public health and primary care services. Both strive to promote health for their patients, but seem to run on parallel pathways. 

I want to help bridge this gap by applying the forward-thinking approaches we take in public health — like utilizing community resources and evidenced-based practices — to the primary care setting.

Why did you decide to pursue your degree with Nursing@Georgetown?

Georgetown University focuses on the community and interprofessional teams within the health care system. When I attended the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting, I heard a presentation given by Georgetown University students and knew that I wanted to pursue my Master of Science degree in Nursing with Nursing@Georgetown.

The online format enables me to access a high-quality graduate nursing education even though I’m based in California. I also have the opportunity to hear perspectives and experiences from nurses around the country, not just my state or region.

Is there a course you have particularly enjoyed? If so, why?

While it was tough, I really enjoyed my Health Assessment class. It gave me confidence as I prepared for clinical rotations and the first on-campus intensive (OCI). This professor also taught my Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (NURO-548) course, and she did a great job connecting the two sets of course material.

Tell us about your OCI experiences.

In addition to learning some great clinical nuggets, I had the opportunity to meet many of my classmates, including some who are also completing the FNP program on a full-time basis, and professors. I also met a handful of Californians!

While I was stressed about the head-to-toe examination, I took away fun memories and professional pearls of wisdom. 

Tell us about your clinical placement experience thus far.

It’s amazing to see how everything I’ve learned thus far applies to my clinical rotations. They are different from the rotations I completed in my bachelor’s program, where I was with a group of my colleagues or friends. As a master’s-level student, I work one on one with a preceptor who helps me figure out what I need to improve on a daily basis, provides direct clinical guidance, and teaches me how to approach any patient, regardless of their age or chief complaint.

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