I was able to balance family, work, and my nursing education at The University of Iowa. I felt that I could reach out to any of my instructors with questions or concerns. I really appreciated the open communication between faculty and students. It was nice being able to choose from 3 different semester starts because I was able to complete the program at a pace that was comfortable to me.
-- Clarissa Leinbaugh (RN-BSN '22)
Throughout my journey of obtaining my BSN, I have learned some amazing concepts and have reached many competencies. This degree is one I will cherish every moment leading up to my graduation. Writing this paper has really opened my eyes as to how much this RN-BSN program has helped me grow and become a stronger nurse and individual. I can confidently say that I am more confident than I ever have been in my abilities to be able to provide the best care possible for my patients. This journey has been a life-changing experience that I can not wait to share with my children as they grow older.
-- Michelle Lorber (RN-BSN '22)
I wanted to give a special shout-out to the amazing faculty who encouraged, inspired, and guided us along our way. Particularly, our instructors in the RN-to-BSN program. Brenda Duree, PhD, RN. Pat Nelson, MA, RN. Deb Strobel, MSN, RN. Molly Frommelt-Kuhle, PhD, RN. Betty Mallen, MSN, RN. And, last but not least, Cheri Doggett, our Academic Program Management Specialist for the RN-to-BSN program. Each and every one of you have done an amazing job at preparing our future nurses to prosper. We could not have done this without all of you there to provide your wisdom, expertise, and the encouragement we needed to flourish. ……. This is a fundamental stepping stone, a building block in the foundation of the rest of our careers. Today, we are graduates. And, every day, we are nurses. You should be proud.
-- Danielle Yonemura (RN-BSN ’21, Excerpt from Commencement Speech)