Alumni Testimonials

Pamela Stevens

Master of Science in Nursing
, Class of 2012
Education is incredibly important to me, and I believe that in an area such as healthcare, to remain current in your profession, it is a must. As our patient population continues to age and are dealing with advanced stages of chronic disease, we who care for them are required to be smarter, stronger and more adept at critical thinking and delivery of difficult care.
Pamela Stevens, Class of 2012
Master of Science in Nursing

Q:  “We’d first like to know a little more about you.”
A:  “I am a proud parent to three amazing children, ages 10, 9 and 6. Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my kids, photography, reading, travelling and skiing. Additionally, I am a full time ‘hockey mom’ in the winter!"

Q:  “What is your current employer, your title and briefly describe your professional life.”
A:  “I work for a large academic medical center in central Vermont. As a Critical Care Nurse Educator, I am responsible for educating and training new nurses in their role as a bedside nurse. I lecture, create and implement simulation, demonstrate hands-on skills, and work side by side with new nurses as they learn advanced assessment and patient care skills. Additionally, I teach Advanced Cardiac Life Support, a component of a nurse preceptor workshop, and collaborate regularly with an array of other disciplines on projects surrounding patient safety and quality care.”

Q:  “What was your motivation for pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing?”
A:  “Education is incredibly important to me, and I believe that in an area such as healthcare, to remain current in your profession, it is a must. As our patient population continues to age and are dealing with advanced stages of chronic disease, we who care for them are required to be smarter, stronger and more adept at critical thinking and delivery of difficult care. As a hospital based educator I must be astute in teaching effectively and efficiently in multiple areas of nursing, while utilizing multiple modalities of teaching. My advanced degree has afforded me the luxury of a broader understanding of healthcare, nursing and teaching, all of which aid in my role of teaching current and future nurses to be excellent healthcare providers."

Q:  “Why did you choose Norwich, ahow did you learn about it?”
A:  “What appealed to me the most was that Norwich was an actual campus, and a beautiful campus at that! Norwich has a strong undergraduate nursing program; as a hospital based educator I was always impressed with Norwich graduates, and I knew that I could be proud to be one myself.  I was incredibly impressed with how the admissions process was handled; it was personalized yet efficient; my questions were answered openly and in the detail in which I required. As a working professional with a young family, Norwich spoke to me in that their program would afford me an excellent education while allowing me the flexibility to do my job and to live my life."

Q:  “Please describe any memorable experiences you have from the program.”
A:  “During my last course at Norwich, I was speaking to my professor about obtaining a professional clinical certification in nursing upon completion of my degree, and I will never forget her response: ‘While a professional certification is wonderful to promote what you know clinically, do not downplay what you have accomplished here. You are a master’s-prepared-educator in nursing; you have so many options in your future…the sky’s the limit!’”