Susan DiBlasi, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CSN) Program, 2011

For 35 years, I have worked at Anesthesiology Inc., at Women & Infants Hospital, as a peri-anesthesia nurse, in pre-admission testing, ambulatory surgery and labor and delivery settings. I chose the MSN Program at RIC because I was interested in developing expertise in direct clinical practice that is patient and family focused.

I was able to continue to work full time while completing both the theoretical and clinical requirements of the program. It was challenging and rewarding at the same time. The faculty are committed to student success and are always available to provide advice and guidance. In addition to being a student at RIC, I volunteered as a master's student nurse liaison on the masters committee, attending monthly meetings and providing input from the student perspective. I am happy to say I have made some great new friends from diverse career backgrounds and have every intention of maintaining contact with them.