Student Focus Autumn 2016

Covel-Photo-Final.JPGFEATURING: Master of Nursing student Stephanie Covel, RN

Stephanie Covel is entering her last year of a 7-quarter graduate program to earn her MN degree. A registered nurse, Stephanie has more than 13 years experience at Northwest Hospital and is currently the Surgical Services Staff Development Coordinator for the NWH Operating Room. Her degree focus is on nursing leadership and development of best practice policies and procedures in that role.

When she entered the program, Stephanie considered a Master of Nursing as a natural next step to her professional future. "The University of Washington’s Nursing program at the Bothell campus has a focus tract on Leadership and Management. This seems perfect to fit my professional goal. When I was looking over the course description I was very excited to be a part of this class. I am interested in the individual courses on healthcare systems leadership and management in healthcare systems. . . . This will be an incredible source of advice and knowledge to draw from over the length of the program. I am also excited to be involved with the other students in this program and get to interact with them on our days in lecture and class."

Since starting classes, Stephanie's interests have "opened up" and led her to pursue additional opportunities as a nurse leader, including a developing interest in Global Health. Using her MN degree classes as a bridge to pursue these new interests, this summer Stephanie joined the UW Bothell Guatemala Study Abroad led by Dr. Mabel Ezeonwu, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both as a participating student and the class Teaching Assistant. Stephanie stated, "Travel is one of my passions in life. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to pair that passion with my nursing leadership studies. I did not know study abroad would be available to a MN student. I was incredibly fortunate to be accepted into Dr. Ezeonwu's Study Abroad class. Pairing academics with the thrill of travel was exhilarating. The people, sounds, colors, smells and tastes of an unfamiliar place have crystalized the specific learning I was doing at the time. It was a deliciously uncomfortable experience that I would recommend to everyone. In fact, I think all nurses should have to study away from their familiar worlds."

Beginning her last year in the degree program, Stephanie will continue to use the core, elective and fieldwork classwork to build and refine her preparation to take her leadership knowledge to the next professional level. Stephanie is eagerly anticipating the last three quarters of her MN program to finish her leadership fieldwork. Stephanie is also excited to participate in more interdisciplinary learning as she hopes to take classes from the UW Bothell School of Business and work on a project in collaboration with UW Bothell STEM students as part of her MN electives.