Mother, Daughter, Nurse

Gina and her daughter Jayna are nurses in Carlow's RN-to-BSN program in Greensburg.

Sometimes Carlow is more than an educationand more like a family thing.

Gina Minerva is a full-time registered nurse (RN) at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Her daughter Jayna Baker is an RN in an infant care unit at Excela Health in Westmoreland County.

Pediatric care is not the only interest they share. When it came time to advance their career levels, they chose Carlow. Their employers offered them tuition assistance.

They also took advantage of the nearby Greensburg Education Center.

"Carlow's Greensburg campus is so convenient for the people who live in Westmoreland County. It's a great location and a really nice campus," Gina says.

Carlow's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the RN-to-BSN program at the Greensburg Campus were perfect for this mother-and-daughter pair. The blend of in-person and online classes was flexible with their work schedules.

"The classes have been eye-opening and really hands on," Jayna says.

Jayna hopes to work in labor and delivery somedayshe loves working with babies and their families. Gina considers going into care coordination, preparing pediatric patients and their families with the resources they need when they leave the hospital.

"The BSN gives you insight into the family and community dynamic and gives you a holistic view of nursing," Gina says.

Family provides a built-in support system. For Gina and Jayna, doing the program together was all part of the plan. They tutor each other through tough assignments and give each other moral support. Carlow readily provides guidance and tutoring along the way.

"Carlow really strives to make sure you succeed. It is not in the mission to have you fail," Gina says.

As the saying goes, a burden shared is a burden halvedand the joy is doubled when a family member is finding success alongside of you.

Carlow's College of Health and Wellness offers highly respected health care programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, including the RN-to-BSN program. Find your program today and launch into a medical career where you could make a meaningful difference every day. 

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