While in Malaysia in 2012, Veronica Bourdon met a family that had come from Indonesia to get treatment for their 13-year-old daughter. After going through surgery for a brain tumor, the young girl lost her battle, and it was Veronica who comforted the girl’s mother. It was this poignant experience that solidified her passion for nursing.
When she returned to the U.S., Veronica began a search for local nursing programs and found Graceland University. She attended the open house and loved the small campus and classrooms, the ease of the facility and the friendly people. Although people warned her not to put all her eggs in one basket, she only applied to Graceland. “Graceland University was the only basket I wanted.”
Now 14 months into the program, clinicals are Veronica’s favorite days. It helps her reinforce what she learns in class, but it also reinvigorates her passion. The experiential learning in clinicals makes her look forward to her upcoming internship, known as “capstones” in nursing. It will consists of 180 hours with a nurse preceptor at a local hospital, beginning with Veronica caring for a single patient through to her last shift caring for a full load of four to five patients.
“I am passionate about touching people’s lives and serving God through my career,” said Veronica. “Graceland University has prepared me to do just that.” She describes her last semester of internship as “the icing on the cake,” and she will soon be a nursing graduate with a strong foundation to begin her career.
Claudia Horton, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing and Professor of Nursing shares that Veronica is a wonderful example of the type of nursing student we have at Graceland.
“We are fortunate to have Veronica in our nursing program. We appreciate her value of altruism as she cares for people on a local and a global scale.” Claudia continues, “I know that Veronica will take advantage of every learning opportunity in her capstone course because she is determined to be the best nurse she can be. She is committed to providing quality care to her patients. She strives to make a difference for her patients every day.”
Graceland’s capstone program is the culminating experiential learning process that will propel Veronica on the road to student success.