Nursing Success Stories

Jonathan Pickering ('16)
Jonathan chose nursing because he felt it was a field that offered a lot of opportunities and professional challenges. He has witnessed how his nursing degree and EMT training complement each other: “Being a nursing student has definitely allowed me to become a more knowledgeable and proficient EMT. On the other hand being able to interact with patients in a variety of situations and being able to be autonomous with my interaction with my patients has allowed me to solidify my nursing basic skills and become much more comfortable with my interactions with patients and become confident in my abilities as a nursing student.”

Jonathan said that “being pushed intellectually” during his first year of college was a good experience that helped him learn that “college is not easy and… I need to devote my time to studying and learning class material, because college is no walk in the park.”

In addition to his nursing academic studies, he was the vice president of his fraternity, a member of the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) and a staff manager for Brewed Awakenings, a weekly campus coffeehouse.

Alyssa Lightcap '15
By going through the nursing program at Muskingum, Alyssa not only learned what it took and meant to be a nurse, but she also gained so much more. "The intimate class sizes allowed me to grow so close to not only my classmates but also my professors. We all became a family, growing the program and learning together. The professors were always willing to keep their doors open to answer any questions and they were constantly working hard and looking for ways to help guarantee our success."

Alyssa also participated in the Nursing Student Organization where she was able to work alongside faculty and other students to find ways to help the program reach new levels. "The faculty put so much of their time and effort into working with us and our program to make it the best possible, and I can speak to their success. I graduated with honors in the spring, took and successfully passed my state boards on the first attempt in July, and accepted a full time position at a Magnet recognized hospital in Dayton, Ohio in August. I owe my career and success to Muskingum University's nursing program and am eternally grateful for those who helped me become the nurse I am today."

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