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February 10, 2020

Nursing major wears many hats

Nursing major wears many hats

Most college students are pretty busy, but for nursing major Andrew Anderson ’21, busy might be an understatement.

Anderson juggles his schoolwork alongside an active family and a commitment to the National Guard. He says that “time management is critical,” and added that “in our house we have six children, my wife and I, two cats, a dog, and my mother. As you can imagine it can be a struggle from time to time.”

Working it out

Luckily for Anderson, he’s not alone in figuring out how to balance college coursework with everything else in his life. Anderson’s wife and mother are both Mustangs too, studying in the RN-BSN and Marriage and Family Therapy master’s programs, respectively. Anderson says, “for us, a Mount Mercy education means we know we are receiving a quality education.”

Anderson was attracted to Mount Mercy due to its prestigious nursing program.

“Mount Mercy nursing is synonymous with a quality nursing education,” says Anderson. “Mount Mercy faculty, professors, and clinical instructors are all experienced nurses. At some institutions you have professors who have not laid a hand on a patient in years. This is not the case at Mount Mercy.  I know upon completing my education at Mount Mercy, I will be prepared to go anywhere and provide quality and competent patient care.”

Mount Mercy nursing is synonymous with a quality nursing education. Mount Mercy faculty, professors, and clinical instructors are all experienced nurses.

Andrew Anderson '21
Nursing

anderson-andrew.jpgFostering trust

He also points to Mount Mercy’s acceptance and support of veterans as one of the highlights of being a student here.

“We all feel extremely welcome,” says Anderson. “It is wonderful to be able to utilize the veterans lounge. My time in the military and subsequent deployment shaped who I am today. The time I spent in Afghanistan and the attitude I developed in the military all aid me in my academic endeavors.”

Anderson’s life experiences and school success have taught him a lot, and he has advice for other nursing students.

“Never put off for tomorrow what can be done today.”

“Never put off for tomorrow what can be done today,” said Anderson. “Along with that, study hard but also make time for yourself. Most nurses and nursing students I know are very driven individuals. Generally, they will take care of everyone else, or everything else before making time for themselves. It’s good to take a break.”