Nkenna Njoku, a 2020 graduate of Mercer University‘s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to study extensively for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). Upon successfully completing and passing of the NCLEX, I will begin working in the Neuro/Neurosurgery intensive care unit at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor was Dr. Jennifer Bartlett. I was fortunate to have Dr. Bartlett as an instructor during my first three semesters of nursing school at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. No matter the class, even classes she was not teaching, Dr. Bartlett always inspired you to “think outside of the box.” She had an open-door policy and was always happy to help or just talk. Amidst the day-to-day chaos, it was refreshing to walk by her office even if just to say hello or hear a few encouraging words. Many times last semester I found myself in her office asking for advice on how to navigate a class she was not currently teaching but had coordinated in previous years, and she was always willing to help.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was NUR 404 (Leadership and Role Practicum). In lecture, we received real world advice and application that directly related to the course content. In seminar, we were allowed to openly discuss our concerns, fears and celebrate our small victories we each experienced during clinical practice. This was the class that gave me my confidence and made me feel like a competent future nurse.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Do it for yourself. If I could only give you one piece of advice, that’s it. Pick a profession that makes YOU happy. Study for yourself. Ace that test for yourself. Get involved in things that set your soul on fire. Make yourself proud. At the end of the day, no amount of pats on the back will ever make it worth it if you’re not doing it for the right reasons or if you’re not happy.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer holds a special place in my heart because it is my second degree. Mercer is where I met professors who truly cared about me, encouraged me and cultivated my interests. Mercer is where I learned how to therapeutically communicate with a patient. Mercer is where I learned how to give a flu shot. Mercer is where I met some of my greatest friends. Mercer is where I became a leader.

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