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Welcome to my PLU School of Nursing portfolio. It is my hope that this site will give you a feeling for the intellectual journey that I have been on for the past two and one half years at Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing. I have been stretched; my horizons have been broadened and my pre-conceptions challenged; and the new ideas and skills gained have positively shaped me into (drum roll, please) a nurse. The process has been difficult—in fact much more difficult than I ever imagined. It has included the incredible stress of too much to do and not enough time to get it done; financial pressures; lack of sleep and the inability to sleep even though exhausted; the continual pressure to perform new skills in new environments with strangers; never being finished because there was always more to do and learn; and strained relationships due to my workload and stress. But along with the burdens have been the mountain top experiences that far outweigh the hard parts. I have formed relationships that will continue for a lifetime; attained a lifelong goal of earning a college degree; experienced grace, generosity and support from my husband and family; and along the way discovered that I was born to be a nurse.

I have designed this website as a tool to illustrate my progress toward becoming a registered nurse with a Bachelor Science in Nursing. Each section addresses one of Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Nursing program objectives and provides evidence and personal insight regarding my attainment of each of the seven objectives.


Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter´s or sculptor´s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God´s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
– Florence Nightingale

PLU School of Nursing Application Questions: Professional Goal Statement
View a PDF of my statement

One and five year goals: Post Nursing School
View a PDF of my goals

View a PDF of my resume

View a PDF of my academic transcript

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