Name: Anny Qiu
Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
Graduation Year/Program: 2022 / BSN
What is your research/areas of interest? Pediatrics, Labor & Delivery, NICU
Do you have a faculty mentor? Not at the moment! Having just started and being in a virtual setting, I haven’t had the opportunity to find or build that sort of relationship yet, but all the faculty are so welcoming and helpful I’m sure I’ll have tons of mentors by the time I finish the program!
Why did you choose nursing? I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare, but always debated which route to go down. It wasn’t until my first job as a CNA that I realized how much I loved patient interaction, so nursing just seemed like the perfect choice! My parents used to always tell me that health is one of the most valuable things you can have, so to be able to be someone who can help people achieve and maintain that value is a dream come true!
Has COVID-19 impacted your decision to go in to nursing? Despite all the devastations that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, I have realized more than anything else that nurses are an essential part of the healthcare system. Nurses were the ones holding patients’ hands when family members couldn’t, nurses were the ones on the front lines when most were safely at home. Now more than ever, I am extremely proud to be a part of the nursing community and can only imagine what great things the profession will continue to bring!
How has your experience at the School of Nursing helped you with your career trajectory? If you’re a first year student, what experiences are you hoping for to help with your career trajectory? As a first-year nursing student, I am very excited to see what clinical experiences the program will offer! While I have an idea of what area of interest I want to pursue now, life has taught me that things can always change! Being able to spend some time in various clinical settings throughout the program would be a great way for me to narrow down my career trajectory. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up going into a completely unexpected field! You never know what could happen!
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I hope to gain some experience as an RN before going back to school to earn my DNP and ultimately become a Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner! I would also love to travel the world a bit as a new grad (if we are not in a pandemic that is)!