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BRCHS Student Profile: Navondria Lawson

Meet School of Nursing student Navondria Lawson, who is in the Advanced Practice Track of the Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. She is also working toward her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate as part of the DNP program .

What is your undergraduate degree?
My undergraduate degree is a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing (BSN) from Florida State University.

Why did you choose this JU program?
I chose JU because I got my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through the Baptist Hospital Cohort Program and I loved the smaller class sizes. The professors were wonderful, they cared about the students understanding the material, and they used creative learning techniques that made the information easy to understand. I feel like I’m a better nurse since I completed that program, so when I decided to further my education, JU was the only program I wanted to attend.

What do you like best about the program?
I like the smaller class sizes, the professors care about the students, they understand we are working professionals and the classes work well with our schedules, and I love the mix of face-to-face classes with the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program and the online learning with the DNP program.

What made you choose to pursue a career in this area?
I have been a Registered Nurse for 16 years and I have always wanted to become a nurse practitioner. I want to continue to take care of patients and provide health promotion at an advanced level, and being a family nurse practitioner affords me that opportunity.

What do you hope to pursue after graduation?
I plan on working as an FNP at a family practice setting or an urgent care clinic. My long-term goal is to teach nursing in the University setting and help prepare the next generation of nurses to care for patients.