When South Shore Hospital announced plans to offer a BSN program on-site, Robin was thrilled. The mother of two had explored many options for continuing education, including online degrees, but time and money were always an issue.
“It was a real challenge for me to try to manage and juggle life, work, children, household and still try to continue my education,” she says.
Robin had given up on earning her bachelor’s degree until the affordable, on-site program, offered through Simmons College, began in September 2007. Now she attends class for four hours, one evening a week, with her peers. She’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years.
“It really opens up a lot of opportunities, so now I can see myself going on and getting my master’s after that. They’ve even considered bringing the master’s program to the South Shore,” she adds.
Even with a hectic family life, Robin has been career-focused since she started at South Shore Hospital in 1999. She was always interested in emergency medicine because of its pace. Seven years ago her nursing supervisor encouraged her to apply for an opening in the emergency department. Robin saw it as an opportunity to find out what it would take to become an emergency department nurse, never figuring she would get the position. But she did, and through the orientation program and clinical education department, she felt confident that she had the skills needed to do the job, eventually working triage and as a charge nurse.
Despite being a part-time employee, Robin has her finger on the pulse of South Shore Hospital. She is involved with quality measures for the hospital and is a member of the emergency preparedness committee, most recently taking part in a pandemic flu emergency drill.
Still, the best part of her busy South Shore experience? Her co-workers, Robin says.
“Every single day I learn something from someone,” says Robin, who cites the emergency department team approach as one of the biggest attractions to working there. “No one can do this job on as an island. We have to work as a team, and I work with this incredible, professional nursing staff. Also, the physicians, nursing assistants, housekeeping, unit coordinators – it’s an incredible team and we have to work that way in order to provide good, quality care for our patients.”
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