Deborah began her own nursing journey nearly four decades ago. She became a nurse in 1979 and a nurse practitioner in 1985. But her career didn’t stop there. She decided to take her passion to a new level, using her knowledge to help educate future nurses at Utica College.
“It’s been an inspiration to me.”
Deborah always had a love for nursing and that led her to Utica College’s ABSN program where she feels lucky to be able to help nursing students discover and develop their own passion in the health care industry.
“I have been teaching nursing for 12 years now,” she says. “I love teaching the next generation of nurses. It’s been an inspiration to me.”
“I hope they’re learning as much from me as I am from them.”
As she helps her nursing students become successful health care leaders, Deborah says they also help her become a better nurse and teacher.
“It’s been humbling in many ways,” she says. “I hope they’re learning as much from me as I am from them.”
It’s that mutual love for caring for patients that Deborah hopes to one day experience first-hand.
“When I wake up in a hospital and see one of their friendly faces, I’m going to be very comfortable and know that I’m in good hands,” she says.
“This is an excellent opportunity”
Deborah believes the Accelerated BSN program at Utica College is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to become a career-ready nurse in 16 months. But you have to be prepared.
“This is an excellent opportunity.” She says. “For anyone to come into a program and be able to do it expeditiously, you have to know how to study and have the motivation and determination to do it.
She says one of the hardest parts of the program is just getting started. But Deborah believes bravery is what you need to get over that hump. “You need to be brave enough to take that step and put into motion what you want to do,” she says.
“I don’t believe it’s ever an accident that I work with the students that I have in the nursing program. They’re here because they do have a calling and they will be great nurses. They need to trust that. The longer they put it off, the longer it will take to get it done. So just get it going.”