“I actually graduated college when my son graduated high school.” That couldn’t have been scripted any better for Maryville Online graduate Brenda Dinges, considering her desire to become a nurse came when she almost lost her then 12-year-old son to diabetes.
Since that time, Brenda has worked as an ER nurse and manager — but she wanted to be more of a decision-maker in the medical field. That’s when she made the brave choice to become a nurse practitioner.
It’s been quite a trek for Brenda. Home is a small town in western Kansas, where the nearest Walmart is more than an hour away. There, she and her husband own and operate a fairly large farm.
“We have a 450 cow-calf operation, and we also put out quite a bit of grains and also put up alfalfa,” she says.
Although the kids are in college, her nursing career and being the wife of a farmer always kept Brenda fully occupied. The only way she could earn her master’s and take the next step in her career was to do it online.
One of her really good friends had graduated from Maryville’s online Master of Science in Nursing program and encouraged her to follow her dream.