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Nurses Week Student Spotlight: Keah Allen


May 9, 2013 http://www.southuniversity.edu/whoweare/newsroom/blog/nursingweekstudentspotlightkeahallen

At South University, our students are inspiring individuals who work hard to make their dreams come true and make an impact in their industry, despite the obstacles they may face. In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), we are featuring student Keah Allen, who is pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with the Nurse Educator Specialization.

Keah Allen photo

Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in nursing?
A: I originally started college to become a secondary education teacher; however, my mom became ill with breast cancer and we had too many unknowns. So, I began taking some science classes and decided to become a nurse because I had so much admiration for the ones who took care of my mom and family.

Q: What motivated you to continue your education?
A: After 10 years of trauma and intensive care bedside nursing, I was ready for a change. I started to teach some in hospital courses and became hooked on nursing education. I decided that my next journey in nursing would be in teaching, so I had to continue my own education to become a nurse educator.

Q: How did you decide online learning was the best choice for you?
A: I had taken other online courses and enjoyed them the older I became. Online courses also fit my schedule.

Q: Why did you choose South University over the other online schools?
 A:
The attentiveness of the admissions people really helped; they seem vested in my interests and not just the money.

Q: What has been your proudest moment in school?
A:
What makes me proud is showing my children and students that you can have a fulltime job, attend school, raise a family and be successful all at once. It just takes flexibility.

Q: Do you have a favorite faculty member?
A:
I have two—Dr. Patton and Dr. Tarantine. They both were extremely supportive and encouraging during my mother-in-law’s battle with ALS. It was amazing to know I had that human factor one might only think you get in a face-to-face format. In reality, all of the faculty members at South have been awesome!

Q: Have you met a classmate or student who has played a part in your success?
A:
The cohort I am in has been together since the beginning. We have been able to watch each other grow and evolve into wonderful beginner educators. Throughout the entire program we have had wonderful, enlightening discussions and disagreements, but we always remain professional.

Q: Is there anything else you would like us to know about your experience at South University?
A:
My experience at South has been great! I would recommend this program to anyone because of the caring attitude and rigor of the program. Everyone has made this a growing experience and I am almost sad to see it end.

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