KOKOMO, Ind. – Reggie Manuel decided he wanted to become a nurse after working as an emergency room technician.
He completed the second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track at the Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing and Allied Health Profession in the program he was looking for (a program that built on his previous biology degree). I found His degree in 18 months.
“We had everything we needed,” Manuel said of the program. “The pace was very fast, but our cohort was small, so it was a supportive environment. gathered around them and helped them.
He graduated in December 2022 and started a new job as an emergency room nurse at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
“All of my clinical experience and schooling have shown that I enjoy this job,” he said. He especially enjoyed his best experience in his ER at IU Health and his Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.
“It gave me the confidence that this is something I definitely want to do,” said Manuel of Kokomo. “I like the diversity of not knowing what’s going to happen every day. Having a good team works really well. I enjoy teamwork and collaboration.”
He completed his previous degree in May 2020 and his second degree in August 2021 and continued working at Ascension St. Vincent ER. As a technician, he assisted in placing patients in hospital rooms, taking vitals, transporting patients throughout the hospital, and assisting nurses and doctors with procedures.
“Seeing the impact nurses have on patients on a daily basis motivated me to pursue a nursing degree,” Manuel said. “I like talking to people and getting to know them better. As a nurse, I have a lot of interactions with different people. But it gave me the confidence and composure to carry on the conversation.”
He added that his experience working in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic prepared him for the rigors of the ER.
“I certainly saw people at their lowest point,” he said. If you can handle it, you can handle ER.”
Manuel enjoyed the process of completing his nursing degree, especially the support of his peers and faculty.
“We were able to get to know the professors on a personal level and ask for help whenever we needed it,” he said, sharing his phone number so students could text questions. I added that there are
Now that the program is complete, Manuel is excited to start a new career.
“I am happy to be able to use the skills I learned here,” he said. “I am excited to apply that knowledge to my daily work experience and continue to grow as a nurse.”
He plans to work for a few years and then go back to school to become a home nurse.
“I want to build on the foundational knowledge and skill sets that I can learn from ER,” he said.
Education is key at Indiana University Kokomo.