Michael Toledo

January 2015 Cohort

Miami, FL

RN Aspires to Help Patients on a Personal Level

I’m a Miami, Florida, native who started my career as a basic X-ray machine operator at 20 years old. I worked in urgent care, orthopedics, and family practices until I received my associate degree in nursing at the age of 32. For the past seven years, I've been an ICU nurse in Wellington, Florida.

I decided to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) because I want to help people on a personal level and encourage true lifestyle change through guidance, education, and practice. I believe most medicinal and medical care is directed at symptom management and not true health and healing. I feel like this is where I can truly shine as a patient advocate and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

I chose to pursue a degree with Nursing@Simmons after speaking with an Admissions Counselor. Simmons prepares leaders in health care and has decades of experience training Nurse Practitioners. I’ve been in the Nursing@Simmons RN to MSN program since January 2015.

I’m most excited about learning how to work with patients using evidence-based practice and the knowledge of healthy lifestyles to improve self-care deficits.

The advantage of not having to relocate to complete a campus-based program is a huge benefit of the Nursing@Simmons program. The online format allows me to move forward with my marriage and life while continuing my education and career.

I love the attention I receive from the Simmons faculty, especially my clinical placement coordinator and my dedicated student support specialist. They respond to emails promptly and I am never left guessing about the next steps I need to take to move forward in the program.

I thoroughly enjoyed my community health course. I learned a lot about patient care outside of a hospital or acute-care setting. My clinical rotation at a local free community health center changed my view on community clinics and the clients they treat. This class and rotation helped me realize that I want to be part of a community health program moving forward in my career as an FNP.

I will be proud to be a Simmons graduate as I advance my career as a leader in health care.