South University alumna Sara Ecoro is working in what she calls her "dream job" after earning her Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner. Ecoro is employed as a Clinical Transplant Nurse Practitioner at a hospital system in Florida.
"I still have to pinch myself,” Ecoro says."
Ecoro treats patients who are waiting for kidney transplants, as well as those who have already had them, and plays a vital role in making sure their very specific healthcare needs are met.
Ecoro comes from a family of healthcare providers. Her grandfather was a doctor and her mother was a nurse. While she says she was always fascinated by medicine, Ecoro says she knew she wanted to enter the healthcare profession after having her own child in 2007.
"The whole hospital experience from the nurses and doctors, impacted me tremendously and reassured me that I wanted to help people," she recalls.
But Ecoro was originally from Madrid, Spain, and she had to begin her higher education experience by taking English classes. She juggled motherhood, work, and a full-time class schedule, and went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing before entering South University for her Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She says the program gave her the necessary tools, and prepared her to be a resourceful and independent learner. She also credits the faculty with setting high expectations and demanding accountability from students.
Ecoro says the path to her degree was not always easy, and she has words of advice for others who may be considering an advanced nursing degree: "Set up your goals, and keep your focus."
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