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Nursing PhD

Chaluza KapaaleStudent Name: Chaluza C. Kapaale

Program: PhD in Nursing

Hometown: Kalomo, Zambia

Undergraduate Institution: McMurry University, Abilene, TX (BSN, 2010), Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX (MSN, 2012)

Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler?

UT Tyler was a convenient choice because I had several friends that were in the PhD program at UT Tyler and they loved it.

What are your career goals and how does your graduate program support them?

I am currently a nurse educator at the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing in Abilene Texas. My goals are to continue to progress in my current role and positively influence the future generations of nurses. In addition, I would like to contribute to the advancement of nursing as a profession and improve the recognition of nursing as a valid career among men. My other interest is anything that involves perioperative nursing and its advancement.

The PhD in nursing program has been a boost to my confidence and has challenged me at every turn with new perspectives. The program is designed in such a way that it prepares one to be a formidable contender at the highest levels of nursing. Each course is deliberately crafted to help students acquire specific essentials that are required of a doctorally prepared nurse. Even though I am still in the early stages of the program, I have been equipped with tools and skills that I can readily employ in my daily professional activities. The growth I have experienced in such a short time is personal testament to the effectiveness of the program.

What do you like most about UT Tyler?

UT Tyler's PhD in nursing program may have been a choice of convenience but after almost a year in the program, I can say it was the best choice. I understand why my friends spoke highly of the program. There is a tremendous level of support and nurturing from faculty such that one cannot help but grow professionally in some way. I believe UT Tyler is about students and that is important to me.

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