Cancer Survivor, Pediatric Nurse Earns MSN from Jacksonville University’s Nursing School Online

As a child, Becki Morgan spent a lot of time in hospitals. Diagnosed with cancer at age 12, Morgan said the time she spent as a patient not only healed her, it inspired her.

“I chose nursing at a very young age,” Morgan said. “The relationships I developed with my nurses during my treatment made me want to become a nurse myself.”

Morgan’s early aspirations were very specific. She knew right away she wanted to specialize in pediatric oncology.

“My very first – and only – nursing job has been as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse,” she said.

Now 11 years into her nursing career, Morgan, 32, has added another accomplishment to her remarkable story: She recently graduated from Jacksonville University’s online MSN program.

And while working toward her master’s degree, Morgan also honored the memory of a young patient she cared for much of her career.

Catie Carter was a patient that I took care of for almost 8 years. She unfortunately lost her battle to cancer, and her parents chose to gift scholarships to nursing students at JU in her name,” Morgan said. “I was the very proud recipient of the Catie Carter scholarship and because of their generosity I was able to advance my education in nursing.”

A Solid Support System

As the assistant nurse manager of the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, and a busy mother of two, Morgan was challenged to take on an additional role as a graduate student. But with dedication, self-discipline and the support of her family, Morgan completed the program with a 4.0 grade point average.

“My greatest challenge was always time: time to complete my work, time to work, time to spend with my family,” she said. “The program can be very demanding of your time, and you can only be successful if you have a great support system,” she said.

Reflecting on her past experiences as a student, Morgan said Jacksonville University’s online program was “by far the easiest and friendliest school to work with.”

“I received answers to my questions or concerns in a timely manner, and everyone at the school of nursing was always very friendly,” Morgan said. “I also must recognize my Bisk advisor, Renee Rodgers. She was incredibly supportive, friendly and patient with me throughout my program.”

Ready to Lead

The graduate program contributed greatly to her skill sets, Morgan said. “My ability to interpret research data as well as compile my own research projects have grown exponentially.”

The alumna now plans to pursue leadership opportunities at work, and has her sights set on a management position in the future. She feels prepared to take on leadership roles, thanks to the skills she gained from the online MSN program.

Morgan offers this advice to current and prospective students:

“First and foremost, you have self-discipline to complete JU’s online nursing program. The instructors are wonderful and willing to help, but it is your responsibility to remain organized in order to complete the projects and work on time.”

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