Bee Potter '15 - RN to BS in Nursing

Employed as a nurse at Faulkner Hospital in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Bee Potter '15 says that earning her bachelor's degree was eye opening.

"I always thought I was a good nurse and I didn't think that getting my degree would improve that.  But I totally believe it did," Potter says. "I thought that getting my bachelor's was the endgame - but it's just the beginning."

Potter, who has 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, found that she began to think differently about her job. What she had learned in Curry's RN-BS program started to impact her work on a day to day basis and she found herself more engaged with her patients.

"Healthcare today goes beyond good nursing skills - there's a greater focus on prevention. And there are compliance challenges; it's not just a manager's responsibility... I learned that all of healthcare is a little bit of everyone's job."

Potter says earning her bachelor's degree inspired her and gave her the confidence to take on more responsibility. In addition to occasional writing contributions to Faulkner Hospital publications, she joined a committee to launch a peer review program at Faulkner and is an active board member of the Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association State Council.

Though Potter feels an advanced degree is important to teach, manage and move on, she loves her job too much to leave it behind.

"I was actually encouraged by Faulkner, and  it started with just one class."

That first class was an ethics class taught by Professor Bette Manter.

"She was wonderful," Potter says about Professor Manter. "She was a nurse in a previous time in her life and she was very encouraging. She met with me before class and helped me set some goals. When I started my next class, she emailed me asking how it was going."

After completing the class, Potter felt so proud that she continued to pursue admission into the RN-BS Program.

"I wanted to learn more", she says.  "And Curry really made it so easy... they worked with me to register for classes that fit with my work schedule."


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