Bachelor of Science in Nursing
“I am very proud to receive my nursing education from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing as I feel it has prepared me in all aspects of nursing, not just patient care.”
While working as a certified nursing assistant at a hospital in Grand Forks, ND, Nicki Schumacher learned that registered nurses with two year degrees were required to complete their bachelor’s degree after being hired. “Knowing that many hospitals would require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the future made my decision to get one easy,” said Schumacher.
Schumacher attended the University of North Dakota for two years prior to being accepted into the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. “My decision to attend the University of Minnesota was based on the high standing reputation the School of Nursing had and the great impacts the University was making on health care advancements,” said Schumacher, who is a student on the Rochester campus. “Also, the collaboration they have with Mayo Clinic was very influential to my decision, which provided me the opportunity to train at a world-renowned facility like the Mayo Clinic.”
At the School of Nursing, she appreciates the small classes and the cohesiveness she feels with other students and faculty. “We are kind of like a small community. We all care about each other and are always there to help each other excel,” said Schumacher. “The faculty are incredible. I love how they really care about us as students and take interest in us inside and outside of nursing school.”
On the Rochester campus, she is president of the Nursing College Board, which is a student group that organizes various volunteer and education activities with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and Be the Match.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Schumacher hopes to obtain a position in an intensive care unit and perhaps volunteer for nursing missions throughout the world. Eventually, she would like to go back to school to further her education, but she is waiting to see where her experiences direct her.
She is grateful that the School of Nursing has provided her with opportunities to get involved and engage in nursing policy as well as health care reform. “The opportunities I have been provided at the U have been endless. The School of Nursing cares about your success and encourages you to dream big and use your education and training to enhance the future of nursing,” said Schumacher. “I am very proud to receive my nursing education from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing as I feel it has prepared me in all aspects of nursing, not just patient care.”