Master of Nursing
“In the MN program the faculty always have open doors for students and take the time to get to know us as individuals. The University also does a great job offering seminars, luncheons and other events that allow students to get involved and stay connected.”
After Billie Buechler graduated from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with degrees in biology and Spanish, with a pre-medicine emphasis, she was unsure of going right into medical school. “When I graduated from my undergraduate program, I knew I wanted to have a career in health care dealing with women’s health care, but I was not sure on the medical model,” said Buechler. So instead of applying to med schools, she applied to Teach for America and received a teaching assignment in Minneapolis Public Schools.
For three years, she taught science to middle school students. “Teaching in Minneapolis really connected me to the community and gave me intense life experiences in critical thinking, leadership and embracing the diversity of our growing country,” said Buechler. “I am appreciative of my decision to wait until I was sure and the experience I received teaching in Minneapolis is invaluable. When I knew undoubtedly that my career passion was to be a nurse midwife I sought out options of education paths to get to my goal.”
She chose the University of Minnesota because it is renowned for its academics, research and innovation. She liked that the nursing program was small enough for her to know all of her professors on an individual level while still being taught by nationally and internationally-recognized faculty. “Most importantly, Minneapolis is a wonderful, diverse city that I have come to call home over the years,” said Buechler. “The opportunity to live here and attend a renowned university made the choice of where to pursue my nursing career very easy.”
Buechler is expect to graduate from the Master in Nursing program in 2014 and will begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a specialty in nurse-midwifery in the fall of 2015.
She is confident she made the right decision selecting the School of Nursing. “Most people associate larger universities with immense class sizes and rare chances to interact with professors,” said Buechler. “In the MN program the faculty always have open doors for students and take the time to get to know us as individuals. The University also does a great job offering seminars, luncheons and other events that allow students to get involved and stay connected.”