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Torero Nursing Spotlight: Ellen Fleischman

Torero Nursing Spotlight: Ellen Fleischman

What made you want to become a nurse?

Nursing is actually my second career. I worked for 20 years as a Registered Dietitian and loved my work; however, I reached a turning point and realized there were so many things I wanted to learn and jobs I wanted to do that fit with nursing, so I embarked on my second career in nursing when I was almost 40 years old.

What made you decide to come to USD?

I consider myself a life-long learner, and completing a doctoral degree was a goal I had since my first undergraduate degree.  The PhD program at USD has a great reputation, and so many people I know have completed the PhD program.  I attended an orientation several years ago and decided that once I was ready to start the PhD program there would be a no other program I would want to do.

What is your fondest memory thus far during your time at USD?

Because we start the program as a cohort of ~16-17 students, we form a close bond from the beginning.  My cohort became especially close and brought food to share every week.  My fondest memory is of our end of semester amazing potlucks.  We the most amazing spread of food with cloth tablecloths and a feast that lasted all day…we even made a cookbook with our favorite recipes last year that we gave to the faculty.

Have you had a favorite class or professor?

The faculty have all been fabulous, and the classes have been outstanding in different ways, so I can’t pick a favorite!

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be to continue in my current role in hospital administration and teach nursing graduate students part-time.  I love teaching, and it would be great to continue in my current role so that I can apply real-life examples in my teaching.

What advice would you offer to undergraduate students considering an advanced degree in nursing?

In our first year Dean Georges talked about the “brain transplant” we would experience as a result of doing the program.  I would recommend that undergraduate students plan on an advanced degree in nursing because it not only changes your way of thinking and interpreting research, but it opens many doors professionally.

What would you like everyone in the community to know about the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science?

The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a high quality program with innovative research opportunities, and expert faculty.  My experience in this program has far exceeded my expectations.

What is your favorite thing about your nursing education here at the Hahn School thus far and why?

My favorite thing about my nursing education at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has been the wonderful relationships I have developed with peers in my cohort and the amazing personal attention we receive from the outstanding faculty and staff. I felt like I had a cheering squad from peers, faculty, and staff throughout the program!

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Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4548
nursing@sandiego.edu

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