Student Spotlight: Raycor Faderugao

Maryland resident Raycor Faderugao (G’14) is originally from the Philippines and earned his BSN in 1992 from St. Anthony College of Roxas City. In our latest student spotlight, this part-time student shares his experiences in graduate school and how convenient it is to attend class online.   

Why did you want to pursue the Adult Gerontology specialty?

Throughout my entire career as a nurse, I’ve been working in the critical care area. I am pursuing the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse specialty because I want greater involvement in patient care – with more independence in decision making, while being cognizant of the importance of collaboration and professional courtesy towards other members of the health care team.

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

Pursuing an advanced degree while working full time can be very challenging and can significantly impact all personal dimensions of an individual’s life: physically, mentally, socially, and financially. It is a major decision in life. Therefore, it requires thorough thinking in terms of anticipating future obstacles in achieving one’s professional goal. Anticipating the hurdles is not enough. But a realistic strategy must be formulated to respond to possible challenges. And those challenges can be turned into opportunities for self-improvement. The key words are self-discipline and focus.

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

2GU is an amazing educational platform. Any technological glitches are easily corrected by competent support staff. The best thing about 2GU is the convenient accessibility of class content. The pre-recorded lectures can be accessed 24/7, anywhere where an Internet connection is available. The synchronous lectures provide helpful discussions and an exchange of ideas similar to a regular classroom – but in the privacy and comfort of your own room, without the hustle of a commute. The sync lectures are also recorded and can be accessed later.

With 2GU, the maximum is only 12 students per class. Within the 2-hour class, it is very unlikely that you will go unnoticed.  I believe a graduate student should be an active participant during live class lectures. It is an opportunity to express what you have learned, or clarify concepts unclear to you from the asynchronous lecture. With 2GU, you will have continuous access to the recorded materials from your previous classes so you can always review them later. 

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

The ability to adjust your perspective – by looking closely into the details or by pulling back for a bird’s eye view – can help you make sense of situations. You may not fully comprehend a given situation unless you take a closer look into minute details. Conversely, bits and pieces of information may not make any sense unless you see the “big picture.” You need to adjust your mental lenses. I apply this concept both in my personal and professional life.

Do you currently work part or full time?

Yes, I work 40 hours per week.

Where have you practiced?

Here in the U.S., I have only practiced in Maryland. But I’ve been a nurse for four years in the Philippines and three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, under the Ministry of Defense and Aviation.

In what departments have you worked?

I have worked in general ICU, hemodialysis unit, cardiac care unit, progressive care, and currently cardiac surgery ICU. 

How long have you been in nursing?

I’ve been a nurse for 19 years, all spent in an acute care / critical care setting.

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

Self-discipline and foresight are very important in balancing work, life, and school. I always make a plan ahead of time – that’s why the calendar is one of my best friends. I should be able to make a compromise if necessary to prioritize my work and studies. And I am very grateful for a flexible work schedule and the moral support my friends have to offer.

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 classes in pathophysiology and pharmacology further reinforce my understanding of patient care in the ICU. Additionally, the class “Best Practices in Learning and Teaching” validated the strategies and theories I utilized while writing the revised orientation program in our unit a year earlier. The chairs of the orientation committee and the unit’s administration have been very supportive of that initiative. It received favorable reviews from preceptors, the preceptees, and the nursing administration. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

When I told my cousin in Arkansas 11 years ago that I was coming to the U.S. through an employment-based immigrant visa sponsored by Johns Hopkins, she reacted, “Johns Hopkins hired you? Really?” When I told a different cousin I’m going to Georgetown for my graduate degree, she reacted, “That’s where our former Philippine president went for school, along with Bill Clinton.” I replied, “Well, I’m not going there to be president. I’m going there to be a better nurse than I am today.”