Meet Nursing Alumna Kaylyn Woodrick '16, FNP '19
Why did you choose nursing?
Nursing allowed me to combine my innate sense of compassion with my interests in math and science as a means to help others. What was particularly attractive about the nursing profession was the versatility and stability it allowed; from working as a bedside nurse, to working as a nurse researcher, educator, advanced practitioner, or even lawyer, nursing opened the path to endless opportunity.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding aspect of nursing is the growing connections you establish with patients and their families. There is no greater feeling than to watch your patients clinically improve and to know you helped make a difference in their lives. It’s that same feeling that carries one forward on even the toughest of days.
What's a challenge you've faced in your career, and how did your experience at Le Moyne prepare you to meet that challenge?
One of the most natural yet difficult challenges is the transition period from a novice nurse/nurse practitioner to what one would consider an expert nurse/nurse practitioner. Especially in nursing, where the decisions you make directly impact patient care, it can be extremely difficult to jump into the profession with both confidence and competence. I have been very grateful for my academic professors and advisers at Le Moyne who, even after graduation, continued to support me throughout the professional transitions and became some of my greatest mentors.
How was your experience as a student at Le Moyne? (i.e. classwork, campus life, extracurriculars...)
I am grateful for the well-rounded nursing education offered through Le Moyne College’s DDPN and FNP programs. Le Moyne College offers small class sizes which helped to facilitate learning and close communication with faculty. The nursing faculty was exceptional; you were respected and treated as a colleague in the profession rather than a student.
What advice would you give current nursing students?
Stay organized! Similar to the profession itself, an education in nursing forces you to balance many different responsibilities at once. It is imperative that one is organized from the start and maintains organization as the program advances.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote that you'd like to share?
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” - Mother Teresa