Arnold Franco

March 2014 Cohort

Costa Mesa, CA

Psychiatric Nurse Looks to Future As an FNP

I began my health care career 25 years ago, working at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, California, a state-run facility that caters to individuals with varying degrees of developmental disabilities. I started as a nurse’s aide and then became a licensed psychiatric technician. I went on to get my Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and continued working at the same facility as a Registered Nurse (RN).

As a career, nursing affords me the opportunity for personal development and career growth. My current full-time position is a dual role — I work in quality improvement, as well as a nurse instructor. Every other weekend I also work as an RN supervisor at a mental health hospital where I oversee census, admissions, and staffing. I have always been fascinated by the mind and its relationship with behavior and the environment. For me, nursing has a strong psychosocial component, which inspired me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and become a psychiatric nurse.

I believe in the power of higher education and what it brings to the table when it comes to influencing change and helping people. My decision to enroll in the Nursing@Simmons online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program was an important step for me in attaining my educational goals.

What I like most about the Nursing@Simmons online FNP program is the flexibility it provides. I am able to pursue my degree while continuing to work. The quality of education, access to expert resources, and the support that I receive as a student truly prepare me to excel as a future Family Nurse Practitioner.

As a Nursing@Simmons student, I do not feel like an online student. I am part of the Simmons University community. I’m looking forward to attending immersion weekend on campus and having the chance to see the college and finally meet my classmates in person.

For those who are considering the Nursing@Simmons program, go for it! Once you make your decision, commit yourself and keep moving forward. Nursing@Simmons is not a walk in park; it’s a challenging program. However, rest assured that you will have access to a wide range of support and services. The faculty and staff at Simmons University are there to guide you through the program and help you reach your academic and professional goals.