Director of Emergency/Trauma Services and Critical Care, Allina Health
Ben was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, with a background in athletic training and health education. He enrolled in St. Kate’s associate in nursing in 2004 because he wanted to take his interest in healthcare further.
Two years later, he joined Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, as “a competent and confident bedside nurse.” But Ben soon realized he needed a bachelor’s degree to advance in the field.
By 2011, he was supervising emergency department staff and responsible for education development and patient-related projects within the hospital. St. Kate’s RN-BS in Nursing — offered in a fully online or “hybrid” format (online and face-to-face meetings) — was the perfect fit for this newly minted, and very busy manager. “I loved the flexibility,” he says. “The faculty were very receptive and always willing to work with me to adjust presentation or homework schedules.”
Ben deepened his knowledge in many areas, including research methods, biomedical ethics and systems change. “I was able to use some lessons from a class to implement a new and more efficient way to move patients through a busy emergency department.”
Because he could transfer credits from past college courses and his associate degree, Ben completed his bachelor’s degree in nine months!
“St. Kate’s allowed me to, first, get into nursing and then advance in the profession.”