Concordia University, St. Paul nursing student, Whitney Beck, works as a triage nurse and anticoagulation nurse in a Minneapolis area hospital. When she decided to go back to school and earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, CSP’s program stood out for its flexibility and reputation for academic excellence.
“An important factor that I considered when selecting a college to pursue my BSN degree was whether the program was offered online. When I saw a presentation by a Concordia St. Paul spokesperson who relayed the entire program would strictly be online – and that we would be able to obtain our public health nurse certificate along with our BSN – I knew that this was the route I wanted to go. Another factor was if the college was in good standing and reputable. CSP definitely has those two factors,” she says.
Whitney feels that CSP’s nursing program sets students up for success by offering convenient, focused course modules and support along the way. “I loved the online platform. It allowed me to continue working full time at my current job and still pursue my BSN with their accelerated program layout. My online advisor, Linh Castro, was super helpful, patient, and kind while she helped me navigate all the steps of applying for and beginning the program. I felt that I was taken care of and that I would be supported by all the resources and people I had [available] to me. I also loved that the schedule only had one class at a time that ran for seven weeks [before] another class started. This was so helpful for devoting my time and attention to one unit and helped me succeed.”
She frequently applies what she’s learning directly to her current nursing role. “I have learned so much. When I am at work now, I notice that I am utilizing things I have learned during my BSN program,” Whitney says.
One central benefit to her experience has been the support and mentorship she receives from CSP’s expert faculty. “Each professor has been so incredible, which can be hard to find. I give much thanks to Josanne Christian. She has been such an immense support and has offered me great guidance through this program. The last two classes, I had Jeanne Burger, who was such an amazing asset for learning public health nursing and for changing my view of patient care. She always clarified questions on assignments or topics in the class in a timely manner and never made me feel that I was bothering her. I truly appreciate all the staff in the BSN program, along with my academic advisor. They all made this experience a smooth process and made me feel incredibly supported.”
Whitney is excited to see the impact that earning her BSN will have on her job prospects after graduation. “I expect that I will have a lot more job opportunities after I receive my BSN degree in May.
Many jobs that I am wanting to do require a BSN, so it will feel great to apply for and meet that vital requirement. I will have the ability to move up in my nursing role, possibly to a leadership or managerial role,” she says.
Whitney’s CSP program is preparing her to meet the challenges of a rewarding nursing career. “As I approach getting my BSN degree, I feel so proud and capable of [facing] any challenges. I feel more confident about applying for a new job that I am not familiar with, and I feel like I have gained greater tools to meet the test.”