After Angela started her degree, she found even the smallest details from her coursework to be insightful and applicable to her day-to-day responsibilities. In addition, Angela has enjoyed the variety of what she’s learned and has been surprised to see the alignment in her education with current FNP job postings.
“I feel like the family nurse practitioner route will give me more opportunities,” she says. “I applaud folks who go into other areas, but for me, just having the broader option that would allow me to go into different things in the future [is good] because I’m still not altogether sure where I will end up.”
Angela also is excited about the prospect of more manageable work hours as a nurse practitioner, where 9-to-5 is the norm instead of 12-hour shifts, which she finds valuable as a mother and wife.
“Throughout my nursing career, I have tried to give 100% of myself to nursing, but as I’m growing into the role of being a good parent and really supporting my kids, I realize that I can’t be a good nurse unless I’m good to myself and my family first,” she says.
Angela also credits her progress with taking essential steps each day to bravely overcome challenges and hurdles. With Maryville Online, she is connected to the expertise necessary to keep her nursing career fresh and exciting. Angela finds fulfillment in career variety so that she can practice creativity and critical thinking while avoiding stagnation.