Third-year PhD student; from Phoenix
Why did you decide to pursue a nursing degree?
I have always felt a calling to help and heal, and I felt that nursing provided me with an opportunity to provide compassionate care and to help ease suffering.
What drew you to the UA College of Nursing?
When looking for a place to pursue my PhD studies, I heard great things about the faculty at the UA CON and how well the program prepares its students to be high performing nurse scientists. I have found both of these rumors to be true!
What features of your program are you especially passionate about?
I love the camaraderie and support I have found in the faculty at the CON. I have received amazing mentorship through relationships with my advisor and other faculty members, and have been able to work with them closely by taking research assistant positions and independent study courses. I also appreciate the flexibility of the program, which has allowed me to pursue a graduate certificate at another institution to help me achieve my career goals.
Share your favorite memory from your time at the CON.
The best memories I have from the program are from spending time with my cohort colleagues at RISE and at WIN conferences. Spending time with my classmates helped me feel like a part of the community and helped us build better teams for our later work together.
How do you intend to Build Better Futures?
I am interested in improving outcomes for babies and families dealing with serious illness in the neonatal intensive care unit. I have taken care of babies at the bedside for several years and have been moved by the suffering I have seen. I hope my work will help advance the use of palliative care in the neonatal intensive care environment so that families can feel comforted and supported in the decisions they make about their baby’s care.