Mona Shirazi

April 15, 2010

Major: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2011
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

 

Why study nursing at a liberal arts college?

The beauty of studying nursing at CSB/SJU is the ability to not only receive a highly accredited nursing degree, but to also have the background of being educated in a liberal arts college. Nursing is a degree that can be obtained at just about any college. However, studying at a liberal arts college adds a special touch to our nursing skills.  Overall, nurses who graduate with a liberal arts degree have a wide knowledge base that is undoubtedly demonstrated and applied in the health care setting. Here, at the College of St. Benedict St. John's University, we are blessed with the opportunity to learn about others subjects that are encompassed within the liberal arts such as the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Although these aren't required in order to become a nurse, they do in fact contribute to the development of a well rounded individual that can provide holistic nursing care, with exceptional confidence and ability to think critically.

 

What makes the nursing program at CSB/SJU unique?

There are three things that I would say make the CSB/SJU nursing program unique: size, location, and our values. I cannot stress enough the impact a liberal arts experience has on obtaining a four year BSN degree. Our program is unique because it allows students to take classes in an intimate liberal arts atmosphere. Our program accepts only 45 students every year to participate. You can imagine then the amount of attention given to each student. I have never been in a class that is any larger than 20 students, which allowed me and my classmates to receive extra attention to advance our learning.

We are located on the fourth floor Main building. Here we have a lab, classrooms, a library, and most of our professor's offices. This immediacy and centralization of our program facilitates great communication and accessibility of resources. Although we participate in clinicals within our community at various settings, most of our nursing program is in one location which is highly conducive to our education.

Another unique factor about our program is our incorporation of the Catholic and Benedictine values. These values are unique and beneficial to the practice of nursing regardless of one's personal faith.  I personally am not Catholic but have found an increased ability to provide holistic nursing care by using these values.

 

What has your experience with the CSB/SJU nursing faculty been like?

EXCELLENT! We are blessed to be taught be great professors. As mentioned before our program isn't very big, so we are able to build great relationships with our professors. Our professors go above and beyond, dedicating a vast amount of time and energy into being present and active members in our lives. They truly are one of a kind! 

Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge in this program is time management. As you will learn in your first year seminar class, use your planner! Our nursing curriculum is extensive, but this does not mean that it should take over your life. We are in college which is a time to grow and have fun. As long as you have due dates and events all sorted out in your planner- you are golden!

 

What advice do you have for students considering a major in nursing?

Do it! Nursing is such a rewarding major. You will be pushed to limits you never imagined yourself reaching. You might feel scared and unsure of yourself from time to time, but this is the most rewarding factor of all-knowing that you can survive and that you will be competent in your ability to work as a nurse. You will never be alone. You have 44 other students in your same situation, upperclassmen that were in your shoes and professors that will always be there to help you.

 

What has been one of the greatest challenges you've faced?

Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge in this program is time management. As you will learn in your first year seminar class, use your planner! Our nursing curriculum is extensive, but this does not mean that it should take over your life. We are in college which is a time to grow and have fun. As long as you have due dates and events all sorted out in your planner- you are golden!

 

What advice do you have for students considering a major in nursing?

Do it! Nursing is such a rewarding major. You will be pushed to limits you never imagined yourself reaching. You might feel scared and unsure of yourself from time to time, but this is the most rewarding factor of all-knowing that you can survive and that you will be competent in your ability to work as a nurse. You will never be alone. You have 44 other students in your same situation, upperclassmen that were in your shoes and professors that will always be there to help you.