Rebecca Jensen

Master of Nursing

Rebecca Jensen“The faculty has been extremely supportive and friendly. Simply working in an environment where the whole mindset is to help people is a very positive experience.”

After a 20-year career working in local theater, Rebecca Jensen was looking to start a new chapter in her life. She was ready to try something new and felt drawn to the fast-paced world of heath care and to nursing in particular. But she wasn’t sure where to start. The daunting number of schools and programs made it hard to decide how and where to begin.

As she considered her options two factors rose to the top of the list: the type of nursing program and the financial impact of her decision.

Having graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s in Fine Arts, Rebecca was hesitant to return to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The Master of Nursing program allowed her to pursue her dream and advance herself academically as well.

On the financial front, being used to a steady income, taking several years off for school would put a huge strain on her family. She needed a program that would create strong career opportunities but would not take several years to complete. An accelerated program seemed to be the best fit.

“The U’s program looked great to me in that it was more compressed. I knew that would make it more challenging but I felt I was up for that challenge,” she said.

With her first semester behind her, Rebecca says she made the right choice. What has most impressed her is the amount of hands-on experience immediately available. The time spent in the skills lab and at clinical sites makes the class work much more interesting. She is able to take the lessons of the classroom and apply them in a clinical setting very quickly.

“What stands out for me is going into clinical settings and working with the nurses in the unit. They are very good at explaining what they are doing and encouraging me to use my skills and to provide care,” Rebecca said.

She enjoys learning alongside the same 60 classmates throughout the 16-month Master of Nursing program. She says the faculty has also helped her to engage with her coursework and has been very encouraging.

“The faculty has been extremely supportive and friendly. Simply working in an environment where the whole mindset is to help people is a very positive experience.”

Rebecca sees the time and money spent as a solid investment in her career and earning potential.

What does the future hold for Rebecca? She is considering several options including critical or emergency care. She has enjoyed the direct bedside care and challenges of the fast-paced healthcare environment. Wherever she decides to begin her new career, Rebecca is eager to start the next phase of her life.