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Woman Inspires Next Generation to Pursue Nursing After Earning Her LVN to BS in Nursing Degree Online From Indiana State University

September 24, 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Julie Blalock recently graduated from Indiana State University's online LVN to BS in Nursing program, and she has inspired her young niece to pursue nursing as a career.

Blalock was extremely thankful for the availability of a flexible, online nursing program in the state of California when, during finals in her Indiana State University program, her niece was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

"My niece had to undergo seven hours of surgery around the time of my finals. Because I was earning my degree online, I was able to study at the hospital and continue in my courses," Blalock said. "I also worked nights, and it was awesome to be able to do the program at 2 a.m. I used all of my downtime and created flashcards that I took everywhere."

Blalock has a long history of caring for others. She began her career as a medic in the Army before transferring to the Air Force where she served 21 years before retiring in 2006 to work as a nurse in a VA hospital. However, despite her many years of experience, Blalock needed additional education.

"There is a big push in nursing to get a BSN. All hospitals want bachelor's prepared nurses and many even want nurses with an MSN. Soon the entry point will be having your degree," Blalock said.

The online program allowed her the flexibility to earn her degree without being wait-listed and gave her the education and training she needed to be successful in her nursing career. After graduating with her BS in Nursing, Blalock made the decision to continue working at her VA hospital in med-surg.

Blalock's advice to the next generation of nurses is to start working toward a BS in Nursing. "If I could do it over, I wouldn't wait until I was older to start. I would have started when I was younger, but it is definitely possible to earn your BSN with this online program," she said.

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