Graduate Student Spotlight
Student Name: Jared M. Dougherty, BS, RN, CCRN
Hometown: Hamburg, Pennsylvania currently living in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Institution: York College of Pennsylvania Class of 2014
Graduation Year: Anticipated graduation - December 2019
Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler?
UT Tyler has a phenomenal reputation in regards to their online graduate programs, being consistently ranked in the top ten on U.S. News and World Reports Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. Being enrolled in UT Tyler’s Online MSN-MBA program affords me the opportunity to attend classes in a 100% online format and secure clinical placement at the facilities of my choice. The coordination between the MSN and MBA programs seemed to be one of the most synergistic relationships I was able to notice when researching graduate schools.
What are your career goals and how does your graduate program support them?
I not only believe in hard work and dedication; I believe that everyone should be actively engaged in life-long learning. There will always be new skills, attributes, and knowledge that one seeks to acquire; however, it is up to you to acquire what you deem necessary. While some may question the applicability of a Master’s in Business Administration to nursing, I believe it to be an advantage that will become necessary as nurses assume positions beyond those of a Chief Nursing Officer, such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or Chief Financial Officer.
I enter into this new journey of my career with high hopes and low expectations. I have learned that aiming high allows me to push myself further than I would have ever thought possible while maintaining low expectations allows events to shape me rather than me shaping the events. Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” In the next five years, I aspire to be established in a management position within the hospital/medical center setting. I hope to continue to be surprised of the opportunities that lie ahead and I look forward to the experiences I will have that will shape my future as a nurse administrator.
What do you like most about UT Tyler?
UT Tyler’s program affords me the opportunity to remain flexible. Attending classes part-time while working a full-time direct care nursing schedule, volunteering, and juggling personal life is the perfect structure for me and allows me to set the pace for my own education. The professors at UT Tyler have been wonderful and welcoming to me throughout the program and it was a pleasure to meet with them during New Student Orientation.
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