This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by senior nursing student Laura Kent, who was featured in the fall 2016 edition of the Bridge. Finlandia University has long been known for its nursing program, and Kent found it to live up to the reputation. As a nursing student with a full-time job Kent has faced some difficulties, but will be graduating this May in excellent standings. The promise of a meaningful career after school motivated her to continue with the challenging program.
“It’s a lot more work than I thought it would be,” Kent said of the program. “We read every book cover to cover, and we have a plethora of them. The paperwork we do for pre-clinical and post-clinical is thorough. We have a lot of exams, journals and skills tests.”
Throughout her tenure at Finlandia she has seen the campus grow as well. She remarked that at her initial decent on Finlandia she felt it was kind of a cold campus. She then quickly was introduced to her second family, her fellow nursing students, and began to feel welcomed and in a nurturing environment. It wasn’t just her program, though, she noticed other students began to be more engaged in the campus. That prompted her to become more involved, when she had time away from the demanding nursing program.
As a transfer student Kent didn’t initially know what he wanted to study. Her collegiate career started at a liberal arts school in Wisconsin. She began studying there, and decided it wasn’t for her. After exploring other options she came across Finlandia University. Kent, an Iron Mountain native, had some family in the Keweenaw and decided this would be a nice fit. In the end she was correct.
“The best decision of my life was coming here for nursing.”
Nursing Student Options
The Nursing program at FinnU is designed to provide a balanced curriculum in nursing and liberal studies that will prepare graduates to function as effective members of the health care team. Nursing students receive theory instruction in the classroom, skills instruction in the nursing skills lab, and clinical patient care experiences in a variety of acute care and community health care settings.
RN-BSN programs are designed for working Registered Nurses who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The courses are all offered online, allowing these working nurses to continue their studies while they manage full-time jobs that often include extra shifts, working nights or working weekends.
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