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July 21, 2017

As a nurse practitioner, no day is 'typical'

South University Newsroom

For South University alumnus Scott Wood, there is no typical day at work. As a Nurse Practitioner at the Clinic of Family Medicine in Rensselaer, Indiana he takes care of patients of all ages and with a variety of health needs and   concerns.


"My biggest accomplishments are demonstrated every time a patient or their family expresses their thanks to me, or tells me that I have made a positive impact on their lives," Wood says.


Wood has dedicated his career to helping others. After serving eight years in the U.S. Navy, Wood spent time as a paramedic before taking positions in the emergency department of a hospital and then moving on to working in Urgent Car settings. But, even after all of that experience, he says his program at South University had a big impact.


"It has really expanded my view of the way I provide care," he explains.


"The program was very demanding and required me to be proficient in the area of study before graduating," he says. "Also, the program mixed classroom learning with clinical experiences that reinforced the materials presented in a   ‘real-world’ setting."


Wood has words of encouragement for fellow nurses returning to the classroom to earn an advanced degree or post graduate certificate.


"When you encounter difficulty, don’t get discouraged and stop moving – or, worse yet – move backwards. Treat all difficulties as challenges to overcome."


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