MSN Degree Helps Nurses Take Their Leadership to the Next Level

MSN-Degree-Helps-Nurses-Take-Their-Leadership-to-the-Next-LevelWhen Valerie Williams earned the BSN in 1987, it was not necessarily the frequently travelled path. Her mother, in fact, was the one to encourage Valerie to pursue more than an Associate Degree of Nursing, the standard at the time. “My mom cared for our grandparents when I was young, and I had an aunt who was in nursing,” says Valerie, a native of western New York. “My mom somehow had the wisdom that the BSN would be important down the road, even if it took me longer. I’m grateful that I followed her advice.”

A New Opportunity and Further Education
Valerie started her career with Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania as a staff nurse in the adult intensive care unit. In the mid-1990s, she had an opportunity to work in management for a home healthcare agency—her first foray into management. While there, Valerie earned a certificate in nursing management from Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill. “I took the clinical skills I had learned in the intensive care environment and applied it to the home health setting,” she says. “That combination of skills was a great asset to patients.”


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