As a medical professional for the past 25 years, Johnson has proudly taken on the challenge of helping others, serving as an operating room circulating nurse at a hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She had been considering pursuing an RN to BSN degree but was not sure if the timing was right.
“I hemmed and hawed over the years, thinking, ‘Do I go back to school? Do I not? What do I do? I’m in my 40’s now, is this something I should even pursue?’”
In April of 2014, Johnson’s breast cancer diagnosis put many things in a new light, including achieving her educational goals. After enduring chemotherapy and seven surgeries, she was fortunate to find herself in remission and cancer-free. At that point she realized that time was of the essence and the time to pursue her education was now.
Not long after, while visiting her parents in Arizona, a family friend recommended ASU Online as an option for pursuing her Bachelor’s. The flexibility of an online RN to BSN degree coupled with the university’s high national rankings were a big plus.
“I started looking at it and it just seemed to make sense. Everything just started to fall into place,” says Johnson.
Johnson’s career goals include innovating new ways to achieve staff satisfaction to maintain the health and wellbeing of both patients and providers. She knew that her degree from ASU would open the doors to help make it happen. With a new path forward, she wondered what it would be like to return to school after nine years, in a completely digital medium.