With 19 years of experience as a Registered Nurse under her belt, Krista Nastro has decided to take the next step in her nursing career. “It is imperative that I further my education at this point. I feel that I have so much to offer,” says Krista, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at South University, Online Programs
“South University enables me to learn and grow, and for that I am so grateful,” she says. “I look forward every day to learning something new.”
Krista realized her passion while working as a secretary for a nursing home. Before that, she explains, “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew is that I wanted something more fulfilling than what I was doing right then.”
In that nursing home, however, she felt like she belonged. “The people were great. The work mattered. I found the medical field intriguing and was always fascinated by it. That initial experience is what did it for me, what made me decide to become a nurse,” says Krista. “I feel extremely fortunate to have found something that I love to do.”
As a student at South University, Krista describes her interactions with faculty and staff as instrumental to her success, starting with her very first phone call with her admissions representative Jamie Yaghoubi, who, Krista says, was there to answer every question and to help to ease the transition of going back to school as a working adult with a family.
“South University has been an unbelievable experience,” she says. “I love it and feel completely supported. The classes are interesting and the faculty is great. The structure of the classes makes sense and I am impressed by how much I have learned, and, even more so, how much more I would like to learn. I was skeptical of the online learning experience at first because it was so foreign to me, but I am astounded how pleased I truly am.”
Krista plans to complete her bachelor’s degree program in the spring of 2016 and take a year off before continuing on to also earn a master’s degree in nursing. Throughout that year, she’s hoping to continue growing her career and figuring out what nursing specialization is right for her—be it nurse practitioner
, nurse educator
, or perhaps nursing administration and leadership
. Whatever she decides to do, she feels ready to take on the challenge.
“I think South University has really helped me to prepare for working toward obtaining my master’s degree. The English classes, for example, have enabled me to construct a scholarly paper, and obviously being online, I’ve done such a large quantity of research, so that’s something I’ve gotten comfortable with too,” reflects Krista. “I’ve learned a lot that I wouldn’t have otherwise known was important or even thought to ask about.”
In the first half of this year alone, Krista made the Dean’s List and was a recipient of the Emerging Nurses of South University Scholarship offered by the Education Foundation. “School is extremely important in my life and I strive to do the best that I can,” Krista says. “This award, this recognition, is an extra bit of motivation for me to keep working hard, to excel academically and professionally.”
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