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Gina Parker

Gina Parker

I pursued my baccalaureate degree 17 years after receiving my associate's degree in nursing. My initial goal when enrolling in the RN-to-BSN program at San Diego State University was simply to earn the degree. I realized after the first class at SDSU that the new knowledge I would gain would be invaluable to my professional growth. The classes were invigorating and provided options for career advancement that were not previously apparent to me. Supervising a staff of four, I am now the quality director for a 107-bed hospital, in charge of quality, patient safety, performance improvement, risk management and infection control.

Not only has my academic journey allowed me to advance professionally, but I fell back in love with and gained a new sense of pride in the nursing profession. I have experienced the positive impact of higher education, both individually and within an organization. I enthusiastically encourage and advocate for continuous learning every chance I get. Looking back I realized as an associate degree nurse there was so much knowledge I missed despite my years of experience. That knowledge could only be developed with the tools that one acquires while obtaining a bachelorís degree. My only regret is that I waited 17 years before starting my BSN program.

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