ACE It Together is expanding! In honor of our RN to MSN program, we're growing our blog to include insights and topics from the field of nursing. To bring the voice of our RN to MSN students to the forefront, we are welcoming two nursing students to our blogging team!
Meet Sara Reichard – one of our two nursing bloggers. She's an RN with an Ed.S., and has work experience that ranges from clinics in El Salvador to schools in the U.S. We asked her to share her journey and what brought her to ACE, both as a student and as an adjunct faculty member.
ACE: Welcome to ACE It Together, Sara! Tell us a little about yourself.Sara Reichard: I am going into my second year of ACE’s RN to MSN program. Outside of school, I am a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. I currently live in northeast Ohio but was born and raised in northern California.
ACE: What has been your professional journey so far?
Sara: After finishing nursing school, I entered the field as a nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). After I got married, my husband and I decided to take a missionary associate position working in El Salvador.
There, I was a community health nurse. In this role, I held clinics in the city center as well as in the countryside and remote villages. Upon returning to the U.S., I came back to my position in the MICU and over the course of 10 years, ended up working as a per diem RN for the hospital system in all of our intensive care units.
As my kids grew and entered school age, I began work as a supervisory school nurse. During this time, I went back to school for education. Specifically, I became interested in gifted education. I loved this work so much that I ended up obtaining my degree as an educational specialist. Using my experience and Ed.S. degree, I began a school specifically for gifted learners in our tri-county area. I was the founder and program director for the first three years that the school was open. But while I loved this work, I found I needed to cut down my hours as my family’s needs grew. That’s when I transitioned to the world of online learning and began work as an adjunct faculty at ACE!
ACE: What drew you to nursing? Why did you become a nurse?
Sara: I wanted to work in a caring profession and, specifically, I wanted to travel and work in impoverished communities. I felt that becoming an RN would give me access to work toward these goals.
ACE: Why did you choose ACE?
Sara: I first learned of ACE through the school that I worked for. We found ACE to be the best option for our teachers looking to continue their education in a way that was professional and affordable. After I began working for ACE, they rolled out their RN to MSN program. I felt that this would be the perfect opportunity to round out my nursing education!