Emily Klusty, BSN ‘20, CCRN, realized early in life helping others brought her true joy. Upon entering the nursing profession, she discovered many diverse career paths lay ahead. A dream to one day advance within her career, receive a comprehensive education and feel more prepared for expanding roles in her current position lead Klusty to enroll in Kent State University College of Nursing’s 100% Online RN-to-BSN program. A recent graduate of the program, Klusty joins us this morning to share her insights and experiences.
Q: Emily, thank you for joining us. We are excited to learn more about your Kent State nursing story.
A: Thank you for having me. I truly enjoyed learning from the wonderful Kent State professors and my fellow students. I’m happy to have the opportunity to share that experience with your readers.
Q: To begin, can you share why obtaining your RN-to-BSN degree was so important, in addition to what made Kent State’s program more desirable than other schools.
A: Certainly! As I mentioned in the introduction, I wanted to eventually advance my career but in order to do that, I needed to obtain my BSN. Kent State has a very good reputation, and it’s close to my home. Additionally, I appreciated the low cost of tuition and 7-week course options as those courses allowed me the ability to be flexible with my work and home life schedule. Taking one class every 7-weeks was empowering. I never felt as though I were falling behind.
Q: What did you most enjoy about your RN-to-BSN program?
A: The professors were excellent and I know they truly cared about my success. Sometimes online classes are difficult due to lack of communication with professors, but I never felt that was an issue in the RN-to-BSN program.
Q: How did you balance work with being a Kent State RN-to-BSN student?
A: Throughout the program I tried my best to dedicate approximately an hour a day to school work. By doing this, I was less likely to fall behind and did not feel overwhelmed.
Q: Where are you currently working and what does your role involve?
A: I recently left ICU nursing and I am now doing homecare nursing. I see multiple patients each day in their home. The patients I work with are high acuity. Most days I am doing at home IV antibiotic infusions, at home Chemo infusions, wound care, education and more.
Q: How have you applied the lessons you learned in the RN-to-BSN program to your nursing career?
A: I have learned so much about illness prevention in this program. Prevention education is such an important part of nursing and it is often overlooked. I’m glad this was covered as I felt my knowledge on this topic was sub-par from my previous nursing courses.
Q: What advice do you have for other nurses considering an RN-to-BSN program? A: Do not be afraid to go back to school. Kent State College of Nursing makes it so easy to go at your own pace. The advisors and professors are there for you every step of the way. You won’t regret getting your RN-to-BSN degree from Kent State University College of Nursing!
Way to go Emily! She’s my cousin and I’m a fellow KSU College of Nursing Alumni (Class of 2001).
Emily is my granddaughter and Iam so very proud of her and her accomplishments!
She has a very loving and giving heart..which shows in the care she gives to her patients.
What an accomplishment, Emily! You make all who know you to be so very proud! I can’t imagine how you did it, but I’m so impressed and happy for you that you’ve reached your goals….you are making this world a better place. God bless!
Hi Emily…as a friend of your grandmother, Ruth, I would like to send my congratulates & a “well done”. As a fellow RN, I went back to school to earn my BS in business since I was involved in management. You are so right as the degree opened doors for me that would not have been available without that degree. Again, we’ll done!
Way to go my beautiful niece! So proud of you! Your patients are very blessed to have you as their nurse! ❤️🩺💉😊
Congratulations! I used to work with Emily in the ICU and she is a fantastic above optimal nurse who provides excellent care to her patients.
Hi, Emily Klusty Congratulation I’m so happy for you. Thanks for a great post. I really enjoyed this post and Again, we’ll done. God bless!
I’m glad to read that and proud of you, nursing and being a nurse is a great thing to save and help the people souls