Today we are introducing you to Ms. Mary Miller. She is the Executive Director of Nursing here at Dorsey Schools. In her role, she is responsible for leading our talented team of educators in the Practical Nurse program.
We had a chance to learn a little more about her and the role she plays here at Dorsey Schools. Today, we are bringing this information to you! Check out our Q&A style interview with her below to learn a bit more about her background as well as the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
A: “I've been a nurse for 15 years. I started my career as a CNA working within a long term care facility. I decided to advance within my career and obtained my Associate's Degree in Nursing and began working within the Acute Care System. I have worked in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Cardiac, Rehabilitation, and Case Management. I have always had a passion for teaching and decided to once again advance my career by obtaining my Masters of Science in Nursing
through an ADN to MSN online program. With this degree, I was able to advance my career into management, and now, my passion, Education.”
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in nursing?
A: “Nursing was my passion from the age of 9. After experiencing the care of a friend who was diagnosed with Polio and wheelchair-bound as well as my favorite Uncle who was a bilateral amputee, I knew that I wanted to take care of others who could not care for themselves.”
Q: What advice would you give to students who want to become an LPN?
A: “Nursing is one of the toughest yet most rewarding fields anyone can enter. As an LPN, you are dedicating your life to the care of those most vulnerable among us, the elderly. The work is hard, but the reward is priceless. Nursing school is tough as it should be because of the lives that depends on your knowledge, your skills, and your critical thinking abilities to make a difference for them. There is so much to learn in nursing so be open to becoming a lifelong learner once you enter into the field of nursing.”
Q: Tell us a little bit about your role as the Executive Director of Nursing at Dorsey Schools.
A: “My role as Executive Director of Nursing is to ensure that all of our students are provided the best educational experience possible in preparation for NCLEX success. The students’ success drives my decision-making, policy changes and other goals within our department.
Our Practical Nurse program is structured within a Culture of Excellence and it is this culture that cultivates creative thinking and learning, and creates best practices for all of our current and future students.”
Q: What are some of the best things about the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
A: “There are many "best things" within our program, but one of the things that stick out the most for me are the family bonds we create with campuses. The students that graduate from our program are most often quoted saying, not only did we gain a life-changing career, but we also gained an extended family. The faculty and staff pour a lot of themselves into our students as they push toward their goals. We are committed to changing lives, one student at a time.”
Q: What topics will students be exposed to in the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
A: “Students will be exposed to all of the core courses needed to begin their career as an entry-level nurse. Medical-Surgical is the core of the program, but we also provide math, biology, geriatrics, pharmacology, mother baby and pediatric course as well.”
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your nursing career?
A: “The education of future Nurses, Managers, Nurse Practitioners, Directors, School Nurses and Nurse Educators is the most rewarding part of my career.”
The Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools in Michigan combines instruction in the classroom along with practical, hands-on training to help students develop critical thinking skills and prepare them to pursue their new career in the nursing field.
Classes in the Practical Nurse program include:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Practical Nurse Fundamentals
- Pharmacology and Medication Delivery
- Mental Health Concepts
- Medical/Surgical Nursing
- Maternal/Newborn Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Geriatric Nursing
- …and more!
The Practical Nurse program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campuses:
- Madison Heights (Main Campus)
- Roseville (A branch campus of Madison Heights)
- Saginaw (A branch campus of Madison Heights)
- Wayne (A branch campus of Madison Heights)
- Woodhaven (A branch campus of Madison Heights)
Take the next step in pursuing your nursing career. You can request info online or give us a call at 888-422-1188.