Featured Student Profiles from the BSN
The MGH Institute's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares highly motivated college graduates with non-nursing degrees who are seeking a career as a registered nurse (RN). In this intensive 16-month program, starting each January or May, students learn the essential skills and knowledge to deliver outstanding patient care as well as to advance the profession of nursing.
Yovianna García Alvarado '18
What inspired you to become a registered nurse?
My desire to nourish people’s lives... I was already doing that through music, and I wanted to do it through health care. Also, I have always been passionate about equality and justice, particularly ensuring everyone has the same access to and quality of resources at their disposal, especially health care.
Even before becoming a nurse, I have witnessed health care disparities that exist in populations that have minority and low socioeconomic status. The particular circumstances and barriers to health care this population faces greatly influenced my decision to become a nurse. Now, I have the opportunity to provide the highest quality health care to this population, and help close the healthcare disparity gap through my nursing practice.
What attracted you to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science (BSN) program at the MGH Institute?
The program offered me the opportunity to train at Massachusetts General Hospital and other Boston area health care organizations (which are considered the best in the country) under a scholarship that made my studies affordable.
How have your clinical and community rotations impacted you, both as a future health professional and as a person?
My rotations have made me aware of the challenging circumstances every patient and their loved ones face, and how much they impact their health status. I have also become aware of how much the interprofessional team can make a difference in each patient's life, given that they provide true patient-centered care.
I have learned that in order to provide the most efficient, patient-centered care, clinicians must take a look at "the bigger picture" around each patient's lives and not only their diagnoses and treatments. How they live, where they live, what support systems they have in place, their beliefs, and other aspects that are easy to miss in a fast-paced healthcare setting, directly influence the health care decisions patients make that end up influencing their health status.
If we pay attention and work with the circumstances every patient brings, we can provide effective patient-centered care that contributes to their quality of life. This lesson has reinforced my belief that everyone has a story, and every person's background plays a big role on who the person is and how the person lives. It is important to listen, understand, have compassion, and then find the best way to interact with and contribute to the person's life.
Describe an experience at the Institute that has been particularly inspiring.
I had the privilege to be mentored by a faculty member through the planning of a community nursing volunteering project I am developing. I was inspired by this professor’s commitment to improve community health beyond the classroom. She did not have to do that, but the time she spent mentoring me has enabled me to do this project.
A large number of the IHP faculty are clinicians who are passionate about providing high-quality health care, and are committed to go above their expectations in order to make a difference. This passion and commitment enhances the quality of instruction we receive; but most importantly, it inspires us to be passionate about our practice, and be the best nurses we can be.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am planning to take the NCLEX right away and hopefully start working in an acute-care setting. I hope to work in an area where I have the opportunity to care for people who identify as Hispanic or Latino, and primarily speak Spanish. This is a population I know I can positively impact through my nursing, language, and cultural sensitivity skills.
What’s your favorite part about studying in Boston?
I love the Charlestown Navy Yard area where the IHP is located, and enjoy my daily walks to and from school.
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
I am planning a health promotion project in a rural town in Puerto Rico that was greatly affected by hurricane María. The project involves meeting with residents, providing educational materials about management of health issues that emerged or were exacerbated after hurricane María, and raising awareness of health services the community members have at their disposal. Our team will implement this in June 2018, and hopes to ensure continuity of this project through establishing partnerships with local entities.
What are your prior degrees?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in 2007, and later graduated with a Master of Music from University of Hartford Hartt School of Music in 2009.
Where were you working before coming to the Institute?
I was an adjunct faculty at the Hartt School Community Division (University of Hartford) where I taught classical guitar to children and adults for 8 years. At the same time, I was a full-time performer! I had the chance to perform in countries like Taiwan, Brazil, and Dominican Republic; and recorded a solo album and a world music duo DVD. All of these teaching and performing experiences contributed to who I am as a person and as a nurse!