“Having the option to choose a major and continue into nursing provides you with two degrees in five years, an incredible feat that many people are unable to accomplish,” says Taylor Robinson ’10, who now works as an RN at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC.
A biology major, Robinson holds two bachelor of science degrees. After graduation, she was accepted into Drexel University’s Accelerated Career Entry Program where she earned a secondary degree in nursing in just 11 months. She owes her ability to “think outside the box” to her time at Washington College.
“I was constantly challenged and supported by my professors and I was able to develop a work ethic conducive to the real world,” she says. The class selection allowed me to tailor my senior year toward healthcare and I believe I was successful in my nursing program solely due to my education and experiences at Washington College.”
Nursing students usually take the 3:2 route, where the first three years are spent at Washington College and two years are spent at one of three partnered nursing programs at University of Delaware, University of Maryland, or Johns Hopkins University. Robinson chose a non-traditional route and finished four years of study at Washington College.
“Finishing all four years was the best decision I ever made. I knew WC had more to teach me. The staff I work with at Beaufort is similar to the community at WC—they come from all over the United States—and college taught me how to work with people who have different backgrounds and ideas, just as my fellow colleagues do.”
Robinson is now confident in her critical thinking skills and her ability to ask compelling questions in all aspects of her job. “Washington College prepared me above and beyond for life.”