Jeremey Jason Marine
Third-year online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner student; from Southern California
Why did you decide to pursue a nursing degree?
As a child, I was a ward of the court. From early on, I witnessed the mistreatment of those suffering from mental illnesses. As I got older and worked my way out of that environment, I felt an intense drive to try to position myself to make a difference. After working for over a decade as a behavioral health technician, I realized I could do much more if I returned to school to obtain an RN. My many years of behavioral health experience afforded me the ability to move into management positions fairly quickly and executive leadership within just four years. I realized I needed to continue my education and worked on my BSN. However, I felt that as an RN, even in executive leadership, I was still limited in my ability to influence policy affecting patient outcomes. I decided that I could make an even greater impact if I returned to school for my DNP.
What drew you to the UA College of Nursing?
I wanted to earn my DNP at a prestigious institution. The UA College of Nursing has a reputation for excellence in both education and research. My wife is a triple alumna and a true Wildcat. We knew we wanted to stay in Tucson, so it was a great opportunity to become an official Wildcat.
What features of your program are you especially passionate about?
I enjoy the discussions with my peers and faculty and learn a great deal from them. However, my passion lies, as always, in the clinical setting. Hands-on hours in the clinic seeing patients have been the highlight of the program for me.
Share your favorite memory from your time at the CON.
In the Spring 2017 semester, I did a focused exam with Dr. Kate Sheppard, the outcome of which would dictate whether or not I could continue in the program. I was a bundle of nerves -- sweating, shaking, heart racing. As I moved through the "patient visit" and examination, what I had learned thus far and the guidance I had received just started to flow naturally. I scored 100% on the focused exam, and I correctly diagnosed pulmonary embolism. This was an ah-ha moment for me, that I was going to be able to succeed in this program and that I really could do this.
How do you intend to Build Better Futures?
Initially, I intend to Build Better Futures by working as a provider and helping people in underserved populations. After gathering some practice experience, I can see myself moving back into executive leadership to help create policy that is beneficial for patients and their families. I will also continue to advocate for the integrated healthcare model, including the mind, body and spirit.