Dr. Josh Hamilton is a nationally certified psychiatric-mental health nurse, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric nurse practitioner and nurse educator. Currently, he is the interim associate dean, associate professor and lead facility member of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Roseman University. He is very focused on the program’s educational quality and manages both administration and academic affairs of faculty and students.
He admits he was a career student with his first major in biology, but after realizing this was not the field he wanted to pursue, Hamilton continued his education and received a baccalaureate degree in natural science and mathematics.
“I then stepped back and decided I should go into nursing,” he said. Hamilton returned to school in his hometown and received an associate’s degree in nursing. Discovering his passion, he was awarded a master’s degree in nursing from University of Wyoming with an emphasis in rural health.
After working in the field, Hamilton earned his doctorate in nurse’s practice and a post master’s certificate in psychiatric and mental health nursing.
In his current position, Hamilton said, “Had this program (accelerated nursing) been available to me when I was a student, I would have loved it. I wanted to move into human services, but health care was very attractive to me. Earning a bachelor’s degree has taught me to focus and discipline myself as well as think about subjects that were more scientific. I was able to continue through nursing coursework and pursue a higher education.” According to Hamilton, advanced education helps a person think at different levels from very concrete ideas to more philosophical concepts. He also believes it has helped him with understanding people from all walks of life.
Hamilton believes nursing is one of the noblest professions a person can pursue and always advises his student to not just stop at a bachelor degree, but continue with their education. Hamilton added, “Some of the larger nursing organizations that are studying nursing as a profession are telling nurses that they should complete their education at the very highest degree.”
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