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Becky's Story – My Path to Becoming a Nurse Leader

Published on: November 16, 2020

A special thanks to Becky Coulter (MSN, RNC-NIC), a graduate of the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Executive Nurse Leader- Hybrid (MSN) program, for taking the time to share her story of becoming a nurse leader.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Becky Coulter. I began my nursing career in May of 1998 after completing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I worked on a medical-surgical floor initially and then started in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2000. I am currently a Clinical Supervisor in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch.

What interested you in pursuing a career as a nurse leader?

I wanted to expand my skills to advance as a nurse leader in a health care organization.

What attracted you to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Executive Nurse Leader- Hybrid (ENL) program at the University of San Diego?

The format of the program was important to me; I was looking for a campus-based program. Classes are held one day a week. I wanted the opportunity to network with other students and faculty. Many of my nurse colleagues recommended the Executive Nurse Leader- Hybrid program at USD.

I wanted the opportunity to network with other students and faculty. Many of my nurse colleagues recommended the Executive Nurse Leader- Hybrid program at USD.

- Becky Coulter, Executive Nurse Leader (MSN) alumna

Are you happy with your decision to pursue the ENL program at USD?

Yes! The professors are wonderful. They are very easy to talk to, provide advice, and give direction. I am so very lucky to have met so many other fantastic students in my cohort. I have developed lifelong friendships. The health care community in San Diego is small and the wonderful network of people I have been exposed to is a huge benefit of doing a local campus-based program. USD has been very gracious with assisting in scholarships as well.

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What advice would you give someone who might be interested in the ENL program at USD but isn’t sure?

Apply! The program provides the tools you need to be successful as a nurse leader. The ENL program does require a major time commitment, but the professors are very supportive. They understand that students are working full-time and many are working mothers. They are flexible if things come up at work and very understanding.

What do you hope to do after you complete the program?

I am currently a Clinical Nursing Supervisor in the NICU at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital. I feel so lucky that I had started the program when this opportunity became available to me. I would like to continue to grow in my role as part of the NICU leadership team and hopefully move onto a manager position and possibly continue my education.

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