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After high school, Keith Plant attended a three-year diploma nursing program because he wanted to make a difference in others’ lives. He eventually became a registered nurse and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at a brick-and-mortar college. But it wasn’t until a representative from Western Governors University visited the Tenet hospital where he worked as an education manager that he ever considered going back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He was impressed with WGU and decided to go for it.
“I hadn’t been in school so long, but having the work experience from being a nurse, I not only did well [in the program], I actually loved it. The courses were practical and everything made sense,” Keith said. Because of his work experience and knowledge of his field, he was able to accelerate his program and graduated ahead of schedule.
Keith says his mentor tops the list of his favorite things about WGU. “She was consistent, concise, supportive, funny, realistic, and when I didn’t believe in myself, she did. She gave me confidence to get through the program. She would call me every Monday night without fail. And being a nurse herself, she could really relate to me,” he said.
Beyond earning a degree in nursing, Keith’s WGU experience allowed him to recommit to his profession. “I’m still on the front lines of nursing issues, so it was a nice experience to become intimate with my profession again—everything from evidence-based practice to all the other issues that we practice today—I’ve been able to rediscover why I went into nursing,” Keith said. “WGU has an excellent program and I’m very proud and tell everyone about it.”
Keith plans to continue his career in educating younger nurses at Desert Regional Medical Center in California, and hopes to enroll in the MSN—Education program at WGU in the near future.
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