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Nursing Educator, Practitioner Thrives In Career With Advanced Education

Jessica Grimm always knew she wanted to be a nurse and started her career in high school as a certified nursing assistant. After graduating high school, she worked in hospice care and the emergency room while attending nursing school. With her associate’s degree in nursing, Grimm continued to work as emergency room nurse and in the shock trauma ICU. She then obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University Idaho and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Acute Care from the University of Utah.

(Photo Courtesy of Jessica Grimm)

(Photo Courtesy of Jessica Grimm)

Today, Grimm is the assistant professor and RN-BSN program coordinator for Touro University Nevada. She has responsibilities in management and leadership and serves on several committees including faculty senate executive committee, DNP project defense committee, research committee, CHHS faculty development committee, student affairs chair, and graduate curriculum committee. Grimm is also the clinical consortium and nursing liaison as well as mentors individual students.

“I love being a nurse practitioner and a nurse educator,” Grimm said. “I love helping others and I can do that in my career. As a nurse educator and nurse practitioner, I can help to improve quality of care in health care through my clinical practice and promoting quality care in nursing students.”

With the satisfaction Grimm has received, she would encourage others to consider entering the field of nursing. “Nursing in general is a great career that allows for flexibility and progression throughout your life. Nursing is a fulfilling career. At the end of the day, I feel like I’ve made a difference in the lives of those around me. There are a lot of careers like this. But, nursing is great in that it pays well and has a lot of opportunity for diversity of task and long-term advancement. I love nursing,” she stated.

As for working in the health care field while pursuing her advanced education, Grimm explained that the most beneficial degree she has is her doctorate. “Having a terminal degree in your field gives a lot of options and flexibility in what I can do. I can work online, in the classroom, or in the hospital and use my skills and training. I have really enjoyed working for Touro University Nevada. My career at Touro has allowed me the flexibility to have a balanced life including a clinical practice and nurse educator role. They have really placed value on my terminal degree.”

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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