• Nursing-Decker

    Lisa Decker, Kaplan University Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006

    I dreamed of becoming a nurse since I was 16 years old. I began by earning my associate’s degree so I could stay home and help take care of my ailing grandmother. Throughout that time I knew I wanted to go back to school for my bachelor’s degree, because I knew my professional options would be limited without it. When I looked into the bachelor’s program at Kaplan University, I knew it was the best option for me even with my busy schedule. I was able to research all the course descriptions before I even registered. Other online programs didn’t have that option. This was extremely important because I learned the courses at Kaplan University were flexible and I could go to school on my time. Most of the work was independent study or discussion questions, and there was also a campus close by in case I needed additional support. With a husband working full time and a baby on the way, that was a big help.

    One of the most important aspects of nursing I learned at Kaplan University was the ability to communicate in a way that other health professionals understand. I learned about statistics, health information systems, and databases, which allowed me to overcome barriers and advance even further. Kaplan University also helped me prepare for the future of nursing. Our health system was changing very rapidly at the time because of electronic medical records and bedside laptops. However, this was an easy transition for me because I had to use a computer to go to school and was well versed in online interfacing. Kaplan University set me up for success by teaching me how to adapt to change more easily than the other nurses I worked with.

    I know Kaplan University played a critical role in allowing me to move ahead with my nursing career. Once I earned my bachelor’s degree, I was able to move from floor nurse at a hospital to a research specialist. I was also able to become a clinical instructor at the community college I attended. It’s really important for me to give back not just as a nurse, but as an educator as well.

    I love to teach, so now I’m in the process of earning my doctorate degree and looking at more educational opportunities. We are in the midst of major health care reform, and I know achieving the highest level of education will be paramount in understanding what my role in health care would be.

    Recently, I’ve become very active in public policy. I’ve actually gone to Iowa’s capitol to testify in regards to health care reform. I met with state representatives to discuss what’s needed in our state. By doing so, I was able to effect positive change in our health care system. I credit what I learned at Kaplan University in giving me the knowledge, courage, and ability to participate in those congressional meetings. I never saw myself as a leader in health care, but today, I am.


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