This student spotlight is part of our celebration of the Temple BSN program’s 50th anniversary. Read more stories here.
Mary Saunders knew she had a passion for helping people even before she came to Temple. Now a sophomore in the BSN program, she sees nursing as the “heart of healing” and is excited for the many opportunities a Temple degree can provide her.
Why did you decide to go into nursing?
I have always had a passion for helping others, and I felt that through nursing I could be a source of healing. It isn’t just giving patients medicine or filling out hospital papers; nursing is healing families, advocating for patients and being the most core member of the care team for each and every patient. Nurses are the heart of healing, and I am drawn to its endless opportunities for careers. As a nurse, you can work in a hospital, nursing home, administration, care for patients in their own homes, and so much more. Nursing can take you anywhere, and there is no other field in which you can heal people so fully and truly.
What has been your favorite part of Temple’s nursing program so far?
The most valuable aspect of Temple Nursing is definitely the depth and breadth of clinical experience we are offered as students. We have endless opportunities to gain experience working with the community as well as in patient. We begin clinical freshman year, giving us four years of experience in a clinical setting before we even graduate. Our program is small, which allows us to have individualized attention and to learn by working closely with each other and our wonderful faculty.
Temple Nursing students are hands-on community participants, doing hard work for our Philadelphia neighbors. Having four years of clinical experience is rare for a new nursing graduate, which makes a degree from Temple Nursing that much more competitive.
What challenges have you encountered in your education?
Before coming to Temple, I was a little nervous about how well I would do in nursing school. Growing up, I never considered myself someone who would go into a medical field. However, the more I go through the nursing program the more I see that nursing is so much more than a medical field. I find myself constantly surprised at how perfectly nursing fits me, and I am more passionate about it each day.
Where do you see yourself, professionally, in five years?
In five years, I would like to be working with a geriatric population. I have always felt at home taking care of the elderly, and for the past year I have been working as a home care aid for the elderly in my area. I have learned so much in my time as an aid, and I only grow more passionate about helping care for the elderly each day. I'm incredibly interested in the ethics involved in end-of-life care as well, and I am working towards receiving a certificate in ethics in order to grow more involved in this area. In all, I see myself being a registered nurse working with a geriatric population, proud of my Temple University BSN!