Robin Sharkey

Class of 2016

"The graduate program at Framingham State University (FSU) is excellent on many levels. It is a hybrid program where the student is required to attend class one evening per week which works very well when balancing work and school. I had researched many programs before deciding on FSU. It had the key elements to fit in with a career, it is affordable, and is a supportive environment for the student. This was important to me as I had not been a student for ten years. The FSU Masters in Nursing Leadership program is designed to give the student an immediate network of colleagues in different areas of nursing and we all examine and learn the most current trends in nursing through the program and each other. I am a student who has over 20 years of nursing experience but not having been a student for ten years made me a bit apprehensive about the hybrid online format. One of the first classes was a technology class that I initially viewed as a hurdle, but in reality it became a class I looked forward to and enjoyed. The information is so current and state of the art and it has given me such a renewed enthusiasm for my profession. To have my years of experience now being combined with education on the most current trends in nursing is preparing me well for the next step in my career. Through the graduate classes at FSU I have a new perspective on nursing leadership and it has benefited me both personally and professionally."

Jean McGinty

Class of 2014

"FSU’s MSN program offered me hybrid classes where I was in attendance at the university just one day a week. As fascinating as the course work was (most especially the technology course), my cohorts became an integral part of my education, both in person and on the discussion boards. My 2014 graduating class showed the diversity of today’s nursing: We were inner-city teaching hospital nurses and community nurses, including home, school, and public health nurses, who came together to brainstorm about policies and procedures, share narratives and pearls of wisdom learned at the forefront of our changing healthcare. This is collaborative learning, and each of us had a role to play and feedback to share which was invaluable to the total educational experience. The two practicums in the last year brought us real time into the future positions that are now arrayed before our paths, ready to be attained for we have been led to the well of knowledge and skills, and we have drunk deep, refilling our lamps in the spirit of Florence Nightingale. With this attitude we will teach the current and the next generation of nurses, encouraging all to step up and lean in."