Opening up opportunities
September 20 2010
Kristy Feltham (MN 2009) is working as a primary health care nurse practitioner in the Northwest Territories.
"I selected AU because it provided the program I was looking for in a distance education setting. I was working in Nunavut in an expanded role as a nurse. I knew that I wanted to do my master's but I wanted a program that was clinical-based. The distance education portion was also a huge deciding factor for me. I wanted a program that would allow me to continue working in the North and allow me to complete my courses at the same time. I also spoke with some of the AU students currently in the program and received positive feedback about it.
"There were times that I questioned whether or not I was making the right choice, but I think that is all part of taking on a program of this calibre while working full-time and enduring the stresses of everyday life. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to balance.
"Completing my MN is one of the things that I decided I wanted to do after graduating with my BN. This was a personal goal for me and it has provided me with a great sense of accomplishment. Professionally, I feel that completing my master's will open up a number of job opportunities and help me excel further at a career that I love. I love learning, and completing the AU program has provided me with that opportunity both professionally and personally.
"In the end it has been a great overall experience, and I have recommended the program to several friends and colleagues."