Meet Chamberlain Nursing Students


 Lauren  

Lauren

Graduation Date: February 2011
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Location: Addison, IL

 

"What really enhanced my experience
was its caliber of professors."

 

My Story:

I was attracted to nursing because of the diverse job opportunities the field offers as well as the chance to step in and change a situation in order to make a difference in a person's life. After attending Chamberlain's open house, I knew the college would provide an excellent learning experience for me. The professors I met with were caring, well-qualified and down-to-earth. With Chamberlain's 120-year history, I felt I was going to be in good hands. What helped me make my ultimate decision to enroll was that Chamberlain provides an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program to tailor to students' schedules.  More

My Chamberlain Experience:
I had a great experience at Chamberlain. What really enhanced my experience was its caliber of professors. I remember the campus president sat in on some of the classes to ensure our education wasn't missing anything. They continually made changes and adapted to the ever-evolving industry of healthcare to ensure that students became well-rounded and competent. My professors had extensive experience in nursing, which was demonstrated in their teaching. Hearing their real-world anecdotes helped the material make more sense to me and made me more excited to become a nurse.

My Career Plans:
I'm on a path to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist, though I'm open to other options.





 Lindsay  

Lindsay

Graduation Date: October 2013
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Location: Miramar, FL

 

"All of the teachers, students
and administrators were
extremely supportive."

 

My Story:

What had the most impact on me – and inspired me to become a nurse – was being with my mom during her last few months alive after many years in and out of the hospital. During her final days, the nurses came in her room, speaking kindly to her or simply holding her hand, and provided real compassion for her – as if they loved my mom as much as her own family did. Seeing someone else show that kind of care made me cry. It was then that I decided I wanted to make a difference for someone else. I will forever be grateful for those nurses and will strive to be as compassionate as they were. More

My Chamberlain Experience:
I heard about Chamberlain from a neighbor who had recently enrolled at its Phoenix campus. After researching its programs, I was drawn to the BSN degree program. Once I enrolled, I loved it. All of the teachers, students and administrators were extremely supportive. They helped me secure appropriate loans, guided me during orientation and challenged me to excel in all of my courses.

But after a year at Chamberlain's Phoenix campus, my family was forced to relocate to Portland, where Chamberlain currently doesn't have a campus. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw. However, after a year working with another college, I decided that if I was going to finish my BSN degree, I was going to do it at Chamberlain. My husband and I changed our work plans in Portland and relocated our family to Miramar, where I will graduate from Chamberlain in October 2013.

My Career Plans:
I plan to take my MCATS once I complete my program with Chamberlain, which will help me decide whether I want to pursue my MD or DO or continue my career as an RN.





Gretchen   

Gretchen

Graduation Date: February 2012
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Location: Phoenix, AZ

 

"I felt challenged in my
classes and clinical
experiences, gaining the
knowledge to become a
competent and caring nurse."


My Story:

I grew up surrounded by nursing; my mom was a nurse practitioner and my dad was a registered nurse. I wanted to do something different from my parents, so I earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. However, after graduation and some soul-searching, I realized that nursing was truly my calling. Nursing felt natural to me, and I want to make a tangible difference in people's lives. More

My Chamberlain Experience:

When I decided to go back to school for nursing, I looked for an accelerated program. I had completed four years of college in a traditional bachelor's degree program and now needed a program with a timeline that suited my family life. The program at Chamberlain was a very positive experience. I felt challenged in my classes and clinical experiences, gaining the knowledge to become a competent and caring nurse. I could tell my professors cared about my success and wanted me to achieve my goals. I also developed a strong support system of wonderful friends who became my study partners.

My Career Plans:

I want to work in labor and delivery. Eventually, I plan to attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner or midwife.





 Mary  

Mary

Graduation Date: June 2012
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Location: Arlington, VA

 

"I know I will be ready and
well prepared not only for the
NCLEX exam, but for
whatever comes next for me
in my career as a nurse."


My Story:

I took a long road to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse. First, I completed a bachelor's degree in psychology. Then after being a stay-at-home mom for five years, I decided the time was right to pursue that dream and applied to nursing programs. When I attended Chamberlain's open house, every person I met on the staff and faculty that day was smiling, helpful and excited. I filled out the preliminary application that evening and was admitted for the first cohort. More

My Chamberlain Experience:

Coming to Chamberlain was absolutely the right decision for me. I know I will be ready and well prepared not only for the NCLEX exam, but for whatever comes next for me in my career as a nurse. My professors have shown my fellow students and me that we are their top priority, and our success is an extension of their own. I will be participating in the Kenya service project trip this spring semester. I am overjoyed at the opportunity to not only learn from the people we will be serving, but also to see a part of the world so different from my home. The international service project was one of the determining factors in my decision to attend Chamberlain; I am so enthusiastic to be able to participate in it!

My Career Plans:

My goal is to become a certified nurse midwife and open a practice that provides women's healthcare in underserved communities.