Meet Colton Hall, Level 4 student in the University of Arizona College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Integrative Health (BSN-IH) pathway. Colton is slated to graduate this fall, empowered by a strong desire to help others and a passion for integrative health. With an eye on future nurse leadership positions, he is prepared to enter the profession with enthusiasm and dedication.
“I believe that the Nursing profession is one of the most selfless and noble career paths that one can learn to serve. I also knew that a Nursing career would allow me limitless opportunities to continue to learn, grow and challenge me," ~ Colton Hall, Level 4 BSN-IH Student
Why did you choose to pursue a career in nursing?
My high school’s motto is ‘Enter to Learn, Learn to Serve.’ I’ve always had a passion to help others. I believe that the Nursing profession is one of the most selfless and noble career paths that one can learn to serve. I also knew that a Nursing career would allow me limitless opportunities to continue to learn, grow and challenge me.
What drew you to apply to UArizona’s BSN-IH program in Gilbert?
I was drawn to the BSN-IH program because of the integrative health aspect. UArizona’s BSN-IH program is cutting-edge and gives our nursing students a different viewpoint and skill set that is applicable right out of school. Integrative health is a growing aspect of the healthcare industry. With more and more people being open to improving their lifestyle through practices such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, music therapy, I believe integrative health combined with conventional medicine will be prominent in the future of healthcare.
How would you describe your experience over the course of the program?
During my program experience, I have felt extremely supported. My fellow cohort students and I formed a bond rather quickly. Like a team of nurses at a hospital, we had similar concerns and experiences throughout the program, so we were able to empathize with each other. This tight knit relationship is what helped each of us get through the highs and lows of the program. Just as instrumental was the support of my professors. They listened, cared about my success and reached out to me personally when I needed additional support both academically and emotionally. I have been extremely impressed and feel lucky to be a part of such an amazing program.
What has been the most meaningful part of your studies?
For me, participating in my preceptorship was a significant part of my nursing education. Textbook learning is very critical in nursing school, but the hands-on aspect of the preceptorship gave me those “aha” moments where a theory or concept was solidified. Being able to interact with the patients was so meaningful to me. Sometimes being a patient in a hospital can be a frightening experience. I felt that what I was doing had meaning and value to others.
What has been your greatest takeaway from the program?
The University of Arizona BSN-IH program is full of rigor, so I knew it would be demanding. I was accepted into the program at the onset of the pandemic, which brought its own set of challenges. Looking back, I can vividly recall my anxiousness regarding this formidable journey. My takeaway is to always approach new challenges with an intrepid mindset. Be organized, open to new ideas and have the courage to ask others for help.
Tell us about your post-graduation plans.
I plan to take and pass the NCLEX right after graduating. My hometown which is in the California-Bay Area have a number of world-class hospitals. My goal is to start working in an ICU unit and obtain a CCRN certification. Within the next 10 years I hope to become a team lead and working my way to a charge nurse position.