In April of 2008, I received an email that would change the course of my life: it was my admittance to the UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science.
Being almost done with an undergraduate degree in biology, I jumped at the opportunity to stay at UC Irvine for another two years. As a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at UC Irvine Medical Center and a clinical instructor for the nursing program, I am very proud to say that I am an Anteater for life.
One of the best parts about being a nursing student at UC Irvine is that you get the education that comes with being at a big, research driven, top-ranked university but the personal care and attention of being in a small program where even as an undergraduate, you have the opportunity to work with the dean of the program.
In my experience as a student and now as part of the faculty, I can securely say that the staff and professors truly care about each and every student in the program and work very hard to ensure that each student has every chance to succeed. Once I graduated and practiced for a few years, I knew I wanted to help infuse the same passion for excellent nursing care that my UC Irvine professors inspired in me in future Anteater nurses.
Fortunately, the faculty still wanted to give me every opportunity to succeed, just as when I was a student, and for the past three years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to mentor the students and get to work with the faculty that educated me. Zot zot!