Success Stories

“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was young. I completed nursing prerequisites while in Running Start, then entered SPU as part of the Quick Admit program trial run, which provided me a guaranteed place in the nursing program and allowed me to graduate in three years rather than four.”

“I never thought I would be where I am now. After graduating from nursing school, I was certain I was done with school forever. Yet, here I am ten years later about to graduate with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.”

“I have always felt called to work in the healthcare field, as I have a strong desire to help and serve others. Jesus commanded the disciples to go out to heal the sick and care for those in need, so I felt called to answer Jesus’ command to care for others as a nurse.”

“When I was in the Navy, my primary care provider was a nurse practitioner. She was so gentle, and always made me feel like she was present, which had a large impact on me. I was given the opportunity to apply to a new officer program and one of the choices was to become a nurse.”

“When I was 13 years old, I was seriously hurt in Somalia and a nurse from Doctors Without Borders helped me. Because she was able to recognize the seriousness of my condition, she saved my life. Ever since then, I have wanted to become a nurse.”

“The night before I was due to enlist in the Army Reserves, I came down with the shingles virus. What was mistaken for a bad rash quickly turned into a bacterial infection, which would render me immobile for two weeks. The hopes I had of becoming an explosive ordnance disposal technician quickly slipped away.”

“I planned to double major in Psychology and English. My parents were supportive of this, but encouraged me to try the BS track of Psychology because they believed it would keep more doors open. Halfway through “General Chemistry” class in my freshman year, though, I decided I hated science even more than in high school.”

“When I was a child, I spent most of my days in and out of the hospital being sick with malaria. My mother received basic training from the Red Cross that taught her how to care for my siblings and me when we were sick. Her care, combined with that of medical personnel, set an example and inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.”

“After graduation from high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. To satisfy my parents, I enrolled in a community college in pursuit of a Business major. The classes seemed monotonous to me, and my grades suffered as a result. It was difficult to imagine myself sitting at a desk working a 9-to-5 job wearing a suit and tie.”

Marcus Hahnemann

Finishing at Home

After graduating, Exercise Science major Marcus Hahnemann traveled to Europe and made a lasting impression on international professional soccer as an all-star goalkeeper. Now he’s back in Seattle.

A nursing student holding a baby on a study abroad trip

Nursing study abroad opportunities

Hone your nursing skills on a study abroad trip to Guatemala.