Judy Dynan '11 - Master of Science in Nursing

 

When Curry College launched its Master of Science in Nursing program, Judy Dynan '11 was first in line to apply, and she hasn't looked back since.

"It was time for it. Education is something that's important to me. It was something that could help me move into a leadership role, and to help me open up new opportunities, which it has already."


Dynan also received great support from her employer, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where there is an appreciation for furthering one's education.

She originally got her BSN at Curry, but the Clinical Nurse Leader role that Curry's MSN focuses on appealed to her, prompting her to return.

"I knew I didn't want to be a nurse manager and I didn't want to be a nurse practitioner. Now I can be in a leadership role and still be bed-side."

Dynan found the MSN program to truly be a personal gain for her.

"It has opened doors and opportunities that never would have existed without the MSN."

Dynan immediately appreciated many aspects of the convenience of Curry's program. The one-day-a-week format was the "perfect way to do it" in her eyes, so that she didn't have to take classes at night. She also liked the fact that the program was close by on the South Shore so that she didn't have to commute into Boston for classes.

Also appealing was the program's cohort format.

"There are 19 of us, and we are so in touch with each other," said Dynan. "It's a great way to learn, you're with the same people for two-and-a-half years. The support and encouragement from my student colleagues is phenomenal."

Curry's MSN program includes an immersion project that each student works on throughout the degree program. Dynan's immersion project has focused on the safety and education of nurses administering chemotherapy in her workplace, and educating nurses on the side-effects. As a result of her research, she developed a one hour educational program for the nurses and other staff that was subsequently videotaped and sent out to all the Dana-Farber websites.

Not only is Dynan happy with the positive impact of her workplace project, but her abilities as a nurse and a leader are expanding.

"It has been a great experience."

 
 
 
 

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