Even after a quarter-century treating patients, helping people, and saving lives, Deborah had more she wanted to accomplish. She had worked in psychiatric nursing and found it compelling.
“There are so many people that suffer from mental health issues, and there’s a stigma with mental health issues also,” she says. “So, that’s why I’m passionate about the field.”
She says pursuing an MSN in psychiatric mental health allowed her to seek a new position as a nurse practitioner (NP), meaning she could expand her role, provide better patient care, and have more professional autonomy, including the ability to prescribe medications.
Deborah chose an online MSN so she could study and learn on her schedule, working around her demanding nursing career. She chose Maryville because of its history, its physical location, and the quality and reputation of its nursing program.
“I liked the history. It’s been here for over 150 years now. I like the fact that there was an actual place you could go to — it was an actual university. Also, I didn’t want one of those ‘cookie-cutter’ degrees,” she says. She was more drawn to the real-world, future-focused approach to online learning that distinguishes Maryville’s MSN. The experiential elements and clinicals she could complete locally helped ensure that the education Deborah received would give her the skills and practice she needed to succeed.