May 2008 Nursing graduate
“I chose PNC for the fact that it is a smaller campus with a more intimate feel to it. I think that I made the right choice,” said Julie Vicari, who earned her degree in Nursing in May, 2008.
“I earned a Bachelors of Science in Business from Indiana University in Bloomington . After almost 20 years in management, I came to grips that I was not happy with what I was doing . . . I wanted to make a difference . . . to fight for something worthwhile. What better profession to do that than Nursing?” she explained.
“My mom is a nurse; she always said that I should go into nursing.”
Her success in the classroom proves that she certainly has what it takes to be a nurse. Her name consistently appeared on the semester honors lists. “I don’t allow myself to fail. I am a perfectionist and anything less than the best is just not good enough. I’ve always been told that anything worth having requires hard work. I wouldn’t have expected any less when it came to becoming a nurse. Hard work builds determination and pride,” she explains.
Upon graduation, she began working in a Medical/Surgical unit at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer. She plans to continue her education when she finds the right master’s degree program.
“I want to make a difference in my patients’ lives each day,” she says. “I get to ‘fight’ for them as their advocate. People ask ‘don’t you wish you would have done this sooner?’ My reply is ‘sure but I don’t think that I would have been as focused as I am now as an adult student.’ ”
This graduate leaves with positive memories of PNC. “I would recommend PNC because of smaller class settings. Professors get to know each student. The funny thing is that even when Pathophysiology met a large lecture hall, Joyce Masoodi, associate professor of Nursing, still knew your name.”
As a single mother she worked, carried a full load of classes and earned outstanding grades. She thanks those around her for contributing to her success.
“Everyone in my life played a significant role in me obtaining my degree. Whether it was through words of encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, or giving me kick in the rear when I lost sight of the light at the end of the tunnel, without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this.”
Friends even made studying fun. “I would say, without a doubt, that studying with my friends for exams was one of my favorite experiences at PNC. We would meet in the cafeteria and make a day of it.”
Her advice to people contemplating PNC? “You get what you make of it.”