Mary Jean Croft, MSN, 2010

Before entering the graduate program in Nursing, I worked as a Registered Nurse for 33 years, first in the Operating Room at Fatima Hospital for 9 years and then for 24 years in the ACC. During that time I came to love teaching; I taught fellow nurses as a preceptor and conducted many in-services. It was this passion for teaching that prompted me to enroll in the Master's program in Nursing.

My experiences at RIC prepared me to be the kind of instructor I have had the privilege to know. They readied me to educate students in clinical, to be open and available to students and to encourage and motivate them. The graduate program also prepared me to utilize evidence based research in my education, to develop my knowledge of nursing in the Acute/Critical care path and motivated me to submit my manuscript for publication.

My experiences in the graduate nursing program at RIC, friendships with classmates, and the encouragement of faculty more than exceeded my expectations of the program. They helped to make me a better teacher and nurse.