Manager, Hawaii Pacific Oncology
A Way with Words
During her decades of experience, she found that words, when used properly — to educate and empower — can instill comfort and confidence in her patients and their families during the times when they need it most.
- “You watch a patient who comes in initially just frightened and maybe angry, maybe has family
members who are frightened and angry as well,” she said, “and you watch them transform over the space of two or three visits into a patient who is strong and very knowledgeable.”
Throughout a nursing career that spanned more than three decades, Julie learned to appreciate the power of education and speech, and she began to take on public speaking engagements to inform people about cancer prevention, treatment and effects.
So when she thought through her goals and decided to pursue a career in oncological writing and public speaking, the University of Arizona online Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership program was a natural fit.
Hitting the Digital Books
The program had practical benefits — for example, she could fit coursework around her busy schedule, and it was more affordable than other similar programs she considered. But she was equally compelled by its focus on leadership, which she believed would help her break into public speaking, writing and political advocacy.
And for someone as interested in leadership and information as Julie, one of the best benefits of the online MSN was that she had full access to the University of Arizona online library.
- “The night that I logged on and was doing a literature search for a paper, my husband had to come in and turn the computer off because I kept going from one article to another to another and I just couldn’t stop,” she said. “It was amazing what was out there, what was available.”
A Seat at the Table
Now 56, Julie has earned her master’s degree, and she’s accomplished her goal of speaking professionally on oncology. Moreover, she feels like her master’s degree has helped her develop the right skill set to carry her forward in her nursing career.
Brimming with confidence and drawing from a deep well of literature and research, Julie feels like she is ready to become a leader in her organization as she prepares for the next step in her career.
- “We all felt to some extent — every one of us in that class — that we had been leaders in our positions,” Julie said. “But we were stifled just a little bit by only having our associate degrees. This program helped us make connections and gave us the ability to understand technology better and use those tools to have a seat at the table.”