Student Spotlight: Laura Hoste

Texas resident Laura Hoste (G’14) earned her BSN in 2009 from the University of Detroit Mercy and is currently enrolled part time in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. In our latest Student Spotlight, she talks about the path that led her to Nursing@Georgetown and her advice for her fellow nurses.

Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?

I decided to obtain my MSN to become a primary care provider to make more changes in the lives of my patients.

Why did you want to pursue this particular specialty?

I decided to pursue the Family NP degree because our country needs an overhaul on how we practice medicine. Primary, preventative health care through education needs to be the focus. As an FNP, we will be on the front line in this progression.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting in this career path?

Keep going – the reward is endless.

What has your experience been with the Learning Management System (2GU)?

2GU is a great platform that combines an intricate learning system with a social media aspect to stay connected with students in a way I didn’t know was possible. Knowing fellow students on a more personal level through chatting and video has personalized the program and encouraged great study connections.

What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess, no matter what stage in his or her career?

One skill every nurse should possess is being humble; knowing when to ask questions is the sign of a safe, competent nurse.

Do you currently work part or full time?

I have been working full time, as well as balancing a PRN position with 12 hours per week.

In what states have you practiced?

Michigan and Texas.

In what departments have you worked?

I have worked in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Surgical/Trauma ICU, and, most recently, in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

How old are you?

I am 26 years old.

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been in nursing since 2009, working in the hospital as a nurse tech since 2007.

What are some ways you’ve been working to create a healthy work-school-life balance?

Support and flexibility from my two jobs has helped to create a healthy work-school-life balance. Yoga helps de-stress. Do not forget to have fun!

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?

It is a great feeling when diagnosing and treating a patient are spot-on with clinical guidelines as well as your preceptors’ recommendations. Whether it’s catching specific labs, prescribing the correct antibiotic, or honing in on the right symptom, it helps build confidence when these aspects start falling into place.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Go Hoyas!