Daniel and Tim represent the changing face of nursing, and nursing education, in more ways than just gender. Both earned their bachelor’s degrees online from remote locations, as working nurses who started their careers with associate degrees earned at a local community college.
Dan works on the cardiovascular surgery team at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, Kan.; father Tim works in the cardiac catheterization lab at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. – the hospital wrecked by the powerful tornado of May 2011. The hospital is currently operating in a 110-bed modular facility until a new hospital, scheduled to open in March 2015, is ready.
After watching his father use a defibrillator to literally shock a dying person back to life, Dan knew he wanted to be a nurse – just like his dad.
Tim’s inspiration for a nursing career was very different from his son’s. He earned his associate’s degree and worked as a nurse for 20 years before pursuing his bachelor’s degree.
He started working on his bachelor’s degree at UMKC in the summer of 2010 and recommended it to his son.