A Family Man, A Carlow Nurse

A full-time registered nurse (RN), a passionate cook, and a father of two, Brian Cenci is busy—but not too busy for his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Carlow's RN to BSN program helps keep it all in balance.

"Carlow is for the working nurse. With the one day-a-week schedule and online courses, I knew what my schedule would be, and I could make my life fit around it. I like the teachers because we're adult learners, and they treat us as professionals—because that's what we are—we're nurses," says Brian.

An RN since 2014, Brian currently administers chemotherapy and cares for patients on the leukemia and lymphoma floor of a hospital. As the charge nurse on the floor, he also manages other nurses, makes assignments, and handles staff issues.

What drives him is the opportunity to do acts of service for others. This interest follows him home from the hospital to his kitchen, where he cooks up Italian sauce, pasta, and meatballs for his wife and family. He boasts the best ribs in town.

"I was in another career where I was getting paid well, but I wasn't getting fulfilled. My goal—I want to help people, to take care of them. That's why I became a nurse," he says.

Brian plans to advance in the nursing field. After earning a BSN, he intends to return to Carlow to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program.

"Another reason I picked Carlow was because of their master's programs. As I was getting a BSN, Carlow allowed me to also get credits toward my MSN."

As he balances work, family, and school, Brian will save money in the long run. Some of the credits he earns now will count toward both the BSN and the MSN. And that's a recipe for success.

The College of Health and Wellness has a wide range of options for your future in health care, including the RN-to-BSN program and a second bachelor's in nursing. Plus, Carlow's assistance for transfer students is second to none, so contact our Admissions Team to get your questions answered today! 

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