Alumni Spotlight: Emily E. Battaglia '13
CVS Minute Clinic
Family Nurse Practitioner
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to enter the family nurse practitioner graduate program at widener?
I graduated from Widener in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in nursing and worked for four years as a medical-surgical nurse. After working in a hospital setting, I realized that I wanted to have a larger role in preventing unnecessary hospital visits by educating my patients. I decided to go back to Widener and pursue a degree as a family nurse practitioner. I was able to continue working while going through the program. I am currently a practicing nurse practitioner and feel that Widener's program was comprehensive and prepared me well.
what made you choose widener?
I chose Widener for undergrad because the nursing program has an excellent reputation. I was happy with the education I received, so returning to Widener for graduate school was an easy decision.
My Professional Experience
how has widener prepared you for life after college?
Widener's family nurse practitioner program exposed me to a variety of clinical experiences. I'm able to use things I learned from those experiences in my current practice.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
Once you decide to go back to obtain your master's degree you need to stick with it. There will be times when you have to choose studying over something fun. Just keep in mind that in the end, it will be worth it. If you can manage your time well, you'll be able to work, go through the program, and still have fun. The family nurse practitioner program prepares you well for the boards and for your profession as a nurse practitioner.