The Utica College accelerated nursing program in New York gives students the chance to build on their previous education and become registered nurses in just 16 months. Emily Nemecek is a person who took that chance. She is currently earning her bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing at Utica College and will graduate in August 2014. Read about Emily’s journey to nursing school below.
What did you do before starting the accelerated nursing program at Utica College?
My first bachelor’s degree was in English from the University at Buffalo. I moved down to Long Island to complete my paralegal certificate at Nassau Community College. After obtaining my certificate, I worked at a process serving company for about two years before it closed in 2012. I got a new job at a law firm as a legal assistant and worked there until April 2013, right before my first semester of nursing school at Utica College.
Why did you return to school to pursue a career in nursing?
Nursing has always been something that I was passionate about. Even when I started school to earn my paralegal certificate, it was constantly in the back of my mind. I began taking prerequisites for nursing school while working full time and became more passionate about wanting to work and care for people instead of being in an office and working with paper. I also had the opportunity to care for my mother while she recovered from two different surgeries and that sparked my interest further.
What do you think makes Utica’s accelerated nursing program great?
The experienced and dedicated faculty. They are available around the clock and willing to help the students in any way they possibly can. The faculty and students are able to foster a relationship that facilitates a great learning environment.
Also, the program really touches upon every field of nursing. There is an opportunity for experience and growth through the clinical rotations. The clinical rotations provide an experience of what a day in the life of a nurse is like in that specific field of nursing. Additionally, the lab portion prepares students with the skills that will be used in their careers as nurses.
Do you have any advice for those about to enroll?
If you are truly passionate about becoming a nurse and want to be in a program that is rewarding, this program is for you. Go into this program with an open mind and an open heart. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication and a strong support system to back you up along the way. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Everyone in the program has a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Your classmates and instructors become your family and are there for you every step of the way.
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