Balancing Dance, School and Nursing

Appeared in: Science of Caring

When Brandy Logue applied to the Master's' Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), she was working as a veterinary technician and pursuing her passion for dance through various classes. She chose nursing over medical school because "I wanted that patient connection," she says.

But once she enrolled, Logue became concerned that the program's time and financial demands could prove too much. Her first contact with the Office of Student Affairs assuaged those concerns. "That first informational meeting soothed a lot of us," she says. ''They made it clear that they would find a way to make this work." And they did, by - among other things - pointing Logue toward scholarships that eased her financial stress.

Concerns kicked in again, however, when just before entering MEPN's master's portion, Logue accepted an offer to join a professional dance company. "It was hard [to do both], but the Office of Student Affairs and MEPN faculty encouraged us to find breaks from studying and to squeeze in other things," she says.

They also encouraged students to support each other, a focus that began during the initial orientation. This led to a tight-knit group that, outside of their clinical and academic hours together, would get together for everything from informal Friday night dinners to holiday parties.

Logue clearly leamed how to complement her love of nursing with other passions. Today, she is an RN in the transplant unit at UCSF Medical Center, teaches nursing at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and continues with her professional dance career.

Brandy Logue , MSN, RN, is an Adjunct Instructor and the Transition to Practice Coordinator for the School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University.

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