Ever since she was a child, Rachael has known that she wanted to become a nurse. “I love taking care of people, and I love being able to share God’s love with them,” she says. Balancing her coursework with her commitment to the track team, Rachael is on pace toward realizing her dream of working at a children’s hospital.
I chose Northwestern because of all that the nursing program has to offer and how all the classes are taught from a Christian perspective. I also ran track in high school I didn't want to quit, so when I was offered chance to run track at NWC, I knew this was where I was supposed to be. Most importantly, though, I chose to attend Northwestern because of the trip nursing students take to Tanzania. A dream of mine has always been to travel to Africa. When we left for Tanzania, I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being beyond anything I could have ever imagined. We did a lot of medical mission wok while we were there, including providing outreach clinics, working at local hospitals and distributing medical supplies. It really opened my eyes to a lot of different things, and I would definitely describe it as a life-changing experience.
Being both a nursing major and an athlete can be very overwhelming, but I’ve learned that it’s important to slow down, let go of your worries and trust in God. The nursing program puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of caring for patients with Christ-like compassion, which also enabled me to realize how important it is to trust in God when dealing with all of your struggles: both your patients’ and your own.
Prescription for success
The nursing professors are great. It’s easy to see that they know the subject matter very well. Because the nursing program is small, you really get to develop relationships with your professors. Knowing my professors on a more personal level has helped me a lot because I always feel comfortable asking for help.