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About New to Nursing

People new to nursing have a special perspective about the field. The challenges they face can range from heartbreaking or humorous. Read along as a group in various stages of their nursing career share their stories.

About New to Nursing Bloggers

Mia Ross, BSN, RN My student nursing experience in New York City has provided me with a sturdy launch pad to begin my career. After graduating from Pace University’s accelerated RN/BSN program, I am thrilled to start my transition from theory to practice. It’s such an exciting time to work in healthcare. There are major changes ahead; conversations about these transformations are at the forefront. I look forward to discussing it all with you. Please join me in my journey of becoming a nurse.

Frank Visco is a native of Philadelphia, who recently began a part-time pursuit of his BSN via La Salle University’s ACHIEVE Program for working adults. He previously graduated from La Salle with a communication degree, and his first full-time job out of college was as an assistant editor on Merion Matters’ respiratory care and audiology magazines. Through interacting with healthcare professionals in his editorial role, he realized he too wanted to be involved in patient care, and after analysis, he saw no better place than the front line that is nursing. He began taking pre-requisites and eventually left Merion Matters for a job more suited to being a part-time student. When not juggling work, classes and clinical, he enjoys movies, the Phillies, running, cooking and relaxing with his wife.

Abbye Caplan, BSN, RN. In 2005, I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Recreational Therapy. In 2009, I decided to go back to school for nursing. I graduated from New Jersey City University’s one-year accelerated BSN program. I was hired for my first nursing job in January 2010 on a surgical/trauma unit. I completed my job training (preceptorship and nurse residency program) in March 2010.

Alexandra Cosan is a nursing student from San Diego, California navigating her way through her last few clinical rotations of her undergraduate career in addition to the grueling task of job searching. She is also working as a certified nursing assistant at a cancer center all while trying to keep up with class work and extra-curricular activities.

Heather N. Jones, RN. I am a 31-year-old registered nurse just out of my first year working as an RN. I am currently working at a rural hospital on a medical unit and am enrolled in school for my BSN. I plan to graduate from this program in December 2012. My goal, right now is to continue my education and become a nurse researcher, although, that may change as I learn of more opportunities awaiting me in the nursing world.

My name is Lorenzo Ortegaand I am a nursing student in my first semester at CSU-Sacramento, in the beautiful state of California. I will be graduating Fall 2012, which seems like quite a distance away at the moment. My brain is completely overloaded with the information from tests, check-offs, and PowerPoint presentations, but I try not to lose sight of the things I enjoy. I love to play basketball and exercise when I have free time, and on vacations I lose myself in the outdoors, camping and hiking throughout the state. I’m looking forward my future in nursing and can’t wait to see what happens in the next few years.


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