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BSN Student Catherin-Lee Holmes: Valuing community and clinical experience

This alumni spotlight is part of our celebration of the Temple BSN program’s 50th anniversary. Read more stories here.

Catherin-Lee Holmes wanted a diverse experience and a community setting. The BSN program gave her both. Now, she’s happy to call both Temple and the city of Philadelphia her home.

Why did you choose the Temple BSN program?

I grew up in a small town, and I always wanted a different experience with more diversity. I keyed into Philadelphia and saw that Temple’s nursing program was ranked very well. It looked like it would provide a very diverse clinical setting.

What has been your favorite part of Temple’s Nursing program so far?

My professors have all been great mentors. They’ve constantly encouraged me to pursue careers in special fields or elite grad jobs. They’re always able to answer questions and respond to emails about things I’m struggling with. In addition, my honors advisor was phenomenal in helping with any questions about honors and nursing.

What’s it like to be part of the Temple nursing community?

We’re very tight-knit and very close. We all know each other’s names, and most of us live with another nursing major. If you need help you can text someone. We also have a Facebook group where we share jobs and internship opportunities. If people are struggling in a class, we all help. We’re all in this together.

What advice do you have for future students?

Constantly balancing nursing with other classes was also a challenge. It forced me to get more organized, prioritize my time and develop time management skills. You can’t let yourself get behind.

Where do you see yourself, professionally, in five years?

In five years, I see myself either continuing to work on the oncology medical surgical unit I was just hired on in Arlington, Virginia, or pursuing a labor and delivery RN job. I have a passion for both oncology and women’s health, so hopefully I will be in the process of going back for my nurse practitioners or nurse midwifery degree! 

Posted:  February 13, 2018