Alumni Testimonials

Joyce Chase

Master of Science in Nursing
, Class of 2014
Facing uncertain times in health care, nurse managers have an opportunity to influence the future for their patients and employees. I am confident the academic preparation provided by Norwich University will help me lead through future challenges.
Joyce Chase, Class of 2014
Master of Science in Nursing

Q: “Tell us about you as a person – your life, family, and interests.”
A: “Having spent all my adult years in Connecticut, I began a new adventure and chapter in my life by taking a job in Lexington, KY. From all appearances, Lexington is a good place to live. However, a new job and pursuing a MSN has left no time to explore my new town. I am married, but husband Skip is still in Connecticut trying to sell our house. My two sons are grown: one lives in North Carolina and the other in New York.

At age 15, I immigrated to the USA from Scotland and my immediate family still lives there. The passion in my life is Scottish Country Dancing and most of my friends are dance friends. When I have spare time I enjoy reading for pleasure and traveling—particularly to Scotland to spend time with my siblings and their families.”

Q: “Briefly describe your professional life.”
A: “I am employed at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. As a new nurse manager for pre-op and post-op, working in a facility I do not know in an unfamiliar city is a challenge. Facing uncertain times in health care, with unique opportunities and rapid change, nurse managers have an opportunity to influence the future for their patients and employees. I am confident the academic preparation provided by Norwich University will help me lead through future challenges.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “Initially, my motivation in pursuing a degree was to make myself marketable. As previously stated, leadership in nursing is going to be critical going forward. Heath care faces increasing challenges, such as nursing shortages, sicker patients, more governmental influence, and financial straits. I did not pursue this degree to prepare me for these challenges, but the program has offered me insights that I will need going forward.”

Q: “What do you feel makes Norwich unique?”
A: “The small classes, personal involvement with instructors, practical courses, and the ability to choose topics in each course that were of interest to us made this program unique. Norwich has a strong leadership legacy as well, which I felt was important.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “Both professionally and personally, I am more confident. Leadership education has provided the who, what, where and how to take me to another level professionally.”

Q: Anything else you wish to share about the impact Norwich has had on your life?”
A: “I feel part of a legacy—part of a special place, where leaders are shaped to make a difference.”