How She Did It: June Marshall
Why she wanted to enter the field: To make a difference in the lives of others. To have a career that offered mobility and a diverse career path. I decided in high school that I would pursue nursing. I wish there were some grand story - like taking care of a sick relative or having an experience as a patient - that inspired my decision, but I'm afraid it was far more pragmatic than that. I felt nursing offered career stability and the opportunity to live anywhere and be employed in the profession.
How she entered the field: I started out in a baccalaureate program in nursing and worked in hospitals while I was a student nurse. This May, I will have been a nurse for 39 years. I started out as a direct care RN in hospital settings; returned to school for my master's degree after three years of practice and practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 20-plus years. I then became a nurse entrepreneur and consultant and owned my own health care staffing and recruitment business for four years. Following that, I returned to the hospital environment and have worked in a variety of nursing leadership roles with varied responsibilities, including, but not limited to: professional practice/development, clinical education, research/evidence-based practice, the Magnet Program, Childbirth/Family education, Faith Community Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing. I returned to school to pursue my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (the Nursing Administration track) in 2009 and graduated with my DNP in May 2011.
How she paid for it: My brother and parents helped support my undergraduate education while I also paid some of it and also received some small scholarships. I received my BSN in 1973 from Texas Woman's University. My master's degree was supported in part by a trainee-ship which paid for my tuition and fees and provided a small monthly stipend, and I worked part time and obtained a loan to supplement the costs. I graduated in 1979 with my M.S. in Maternal-Child Nursing (Pediatrics) from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia. Additionally, I completed some post-master's education in Counseling at the College of William and Mary in the late 80s. My doctoral program was supported through tuition reimbursement from my employers, and I worked full-time to supplement the costs that were not covered. I graduated with my DNP through Texas Christian University's online nursing program in 2011.
Most memorable experience thus far: There are too many to name, but here are a few: Working in dream jobs with diverse roles and settings all along my career - as a direct care nurse, then an advanced practice nurse, a nurse entrepreneur, a nurse consultant, an educator, and now as a nurse leader. Completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at 60. Having the opportunity to meet and work with amazing nurse leaders who have served as mentors and role models throughout my career.
Would he/she do it all over again: ABSOLUTELY!!
One career tip for others: Find something you LOVE and do it! Life's too short not to enjoy the work you do. Never stop being a lifelong learner!
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