Earth-rattling rocket launches are common on the Space Coast of eastern Florida, where the likes of NASA and SpaceX shoot building-size spacecraft toward the stars from Kennedy Space Center.
“We’re so used to it — we can see it from our backyard,” says Megan Jordan, a Maryville University online student who lives in nearby Melbourne, Florida. “Sometimes our house shakes when the rocket goes off.”
Megan experienced a different kind of launch a few years ago when, 13 years into her nursing career, she decided to enroll in Maryville’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP) program. And while it didn’t cause the ground to quake, it certainly changed the trajectory of her life and her career, granting her the confidence — and the flexibility — to go where she wants.
“With the DNP, it allows me to become a faculty member, or it allows me to become more understanding of research … in a clinical setting, which is huge,” she says.
These are career tracks Megan never saw possible for herself. She has lived with anxiety issues much of her life, and before making the decision to push forward with her nursing doctorate, she never saw her career reaching such heights.
Once she found the courage, it changed her life.
“It gave me the self-confidence I have been looking for my whole adult life,” she says.