Bachelor of Science in Nursing
"A huge thing I think most males don’t know about nursing is all the different fields you can get into with a nursing degree, from the typical medical surgical nursing to emergency room to mental health - even traveling nursing”
Zack Stegeman is continuing a tradition of professional excellence in the medical field. Stegeman, a junior in the BSN program, was inspired by his parents to pursue nursing. His father was an obstetrician gynecologist who attended undergraduate and graduate courses at the U of M before working for HealthPartners for over 20 years with his mother, a Midwife (Advance Practice Nurse) who is still practicing after 30 years of service.
It’s no surprise that Zack has known he wanted to work in a healthcare setting since he was a child. “Attending the University of Minnesota has become a special family tradition. Along with my father, I also have two half-sisters and an older brother who received their undergraduate degrees from the U,” said Stegeman.
As a freshman, Zack was accepted by the College of Liberal Arts after being waitlisted by other colleges within the university. He made the Dean’s list in his first semester and was accepted by the School of Nursing shortly thereafter. In addition to taking classes and going to clinicals that are part of his nursing program, Zack currently works as an office assistant for Housing and Residential Life and hopes to eventually gain experience working in an Intensive Care Unit before attending graduate school. He is considering pursuing a DNP in Anesthesia.
Stegeman said he is excited about the possibility of new legislation that will create opportunities for advanced practice nurses to provide care more independently.
He was surprised by the number of students who have degrees in other fields and are returning to school to become a nurse, and he enjoys the outside knowledge and life experience they bring to the classroom.
As a male, his decision to become a nurse was met with the expected questioning from his peers who would ask why he wasn’t planning on becoming a doctor. Stegeman remained determined and only grew to enjoy nursing as he learned more about it.
"A huge thing I think most males don’t know about nursing is all the different fields you can get into with a nursing degree, from the typical medical surgical nursing to emergency room to mental health - even traveling nursing,” said Stegeman.
“I have had such an amazing experience so far at the U of M. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else,” he said.
To anyone considering pursuing a BSN, he stated, “If you have the passion and ambition to achieve your dreams of becoming a nurse, do not let other’s opinions or initial denials stop you”.