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Danielle Johnson: UWAA Scholarship Spotlight
Senior nursing student Danielle Johnson is currently featured in the University of Wyoming Alumni Association's (UWAA) newsletter as a UWAA Scholarship Recipient. Some excerpts from the article follow (to view the complete article as a PDF, click here: UWAA Scholarship Recipient):
Excerpts from the UWAA Scholarship Recipient article, Lisa Bisbee Alumnews writer:
Finding her way to Nursing
In high school, Danielle Johnson did not enjoy biology or chemistry classes. They were classes she went to begrudgingly. So when people suggested that she should become a nurse, she shrugged them off. She enjoyed theater and choir so it was not surprise when, as a freshman at the University of Wyoming, Johnson started her college career as a music education major.
"I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I couldn't picture myself doing anything else at that point," Johnson said.
Just a few classes into the program, Johnson knew it wasn't for her. So she switched to international studies - only to find it definitely wasn't a fit. After talking to her advisor and concentrating on some of her own personal qualities, Johnson chose nursing as her major. "I took anatomy and things just clicked," Johnson said. "I knew it was what I wanted to do then."
Thankful for scholarships
As Johnson looks to graduate with a bachelor's degree in May, she's both excited about her future and thankful for the educational experience she's had during the past four years. Awarded a UWAA scholarship all four years of her college career, Johnson said the gift of a scholarship has been amazing. "It has been the biggest blessing," Johnson said. "My parents have four kids in college and one at home still." With the Hathaway scholarship as well, Johnson said she is amazed that she will be able to start a career without college loans. "It has been a huge blessing to have that help and come out of college without debt," Johnson said. "I am so grateful for the people that set these scholarships up and for what they do for students."
On the last stretch toward graduation
Now a senior at UW, Johnson is finishing up a residency rotation in Casper and will soon move to Denver for two months to complete a residency at Denver Children's Hospital... Her pediatrics professor, Elizabeth Goodwin, urged Johnson to apply for [the residency]... - an opportunity Johnson said she is thrilled about... Johnson will work in the cardiac intensive care unit at Denver Children's Hospital. "I think it will be an amazing experience," Johnson said. "I'm nervous and excited. I feel like I am going to learn so much."
Once she completes her residency, Johnson said... she someday may want to pursue a nurse practitioner license. Or possibly attend medical school. But she knows she first wants to spend some time treating and caring for patients in the medical setting... "I want to get some real life experience and then decide what my next step will be."