Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
I am a fun-loving, positive and laid back person!
Which program are you in?
I am in the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program expecting to graduate November, 2015.
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in health sciences?
I have already been a registered nurse for 4 years and have enjoyed it. Having worked as a nursing assistant in my undergraduate career helped me to see that I wanted to become a part of the nursing profession. I was led to graduate school from a desire to learn more and to take on more responsibility in my profession.
Why did you choose SMU?
I was initially attracted to SMU because it is one of very few Universities that offer the CRNA program. I attended an open house and was impressed with the faculty, staff, and curriculum and I knew that SMU was a good fit for me.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
Starting clinical rotations has solidified my decision in this career. I appreciate that the faculty carefully places us in rotations where we will succeed and grow. My time in the hospital practicing and applying the knowledge that we gain from the classroom has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. I enjoy interacting with other professionals and caring for patients during a vulnerable time. I am excited to visit other institutions and to see the different patient/staff populations and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the day-to-day operations of the hospital. I like that SMU CRNA program has clinical sites from Sacramento to Fresno because we get a glimpse at different environments and we can make a better decision later on as to where we would like to work after graduation. The driving is not pleasant but overall I think it's an invaluable experience.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
Being with my husband and son, doing anything from staying home making dinner, to going to church, visiting our friends, and relaxing.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
To enjoy the free time you have now and not expecting to have much of it when you start the program.