First-year nursing student Tammy Becker recalls the moment she realized that she wanted to further her education, moving forward with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. “My son just went off to college in the fall and I realized that this is my time,” said Becker. “I always wanted to complete my bachelor's degree, but life happened.”
Becker has been a registered nurse for 22 years, working at Beloit Memorial Hospital in critical care, the catheterization laboratory and most recently, as utilization review coordinator where she collaborates with administration and health insurance companies. “I always found medicine fascinating,” said Becker. “Working in a field where you help people on a daily basis, especially when they need it the most, was always my career path.”
As Becker’s career has moved forward, completing her BSN was a part of the broader picture, but other factors weighed in. “I was working full-time, I got married, had my son and it was tough to find the time to go back to school,” she said. “If I would have known it was this easy to start the process at GWC, I would have thought about it years ago.”
Becker discovered the George Williams College BSN program at her hospital, one of many healthcare locations where GWC faculty present courses through a cohort. “I knew other co-workers were going through the program, so I decided to look into it,” she said. Becker met with GWC faculty and admission staff who explained the program. “The professor was very helpful letting me know the options of completing classes on campus, online or conveniently at my place of work, which is the path I chose. Going into this I knew I wanted a face-to-face educational experience so that I could have a chance to get to know the professor and work with other classmates who are going through the same issues in the health care industry.”
Balancing work and school was another factor in Becker’s decision to get her BSN. “I always thought I didn’t have time to do it, but it’s easier than I thought it would be. I have a great support system at home and I am going at my own pace taking classes on Tuesday nights after my shift,” said Becker. “The class work is manageable and I’m learning so much about how technology has advanced medicine in my current course,” she said.
“In some ways, I can’t remember what I did with my time before taking classes. I am still managing to get things done and spend time with my family, but now I feel like I’m taking charge of my education,” Becker said. “I’m finally doing something for myself and it feels great.”
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