Commencement 2014: Shaun Brennan, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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I hope to begin my nursing career in an inpatient hospital setting where I can refine and hone my nursing skills. My immediate goal is to secure a position as a Registered Nurse so I can provide long-term financial stability for my wife and three children. Second to that, I hope to deliver exceptional care that lets my patients know they are the focal point of that care. I intend on acquiring as many additional certifications and credentials as I can attain, and will continue my academic nursing education when my children are a little older.

“Once I have become an experienced nurse, I would eventually like to work in an ICU setting, and perhaps end my career as a nurse educator. Like any father, I want my children to have an easier life than I had, and to surpass me in every way. I worry about how the rapidly changing economic climate of our healthcare system and country, may make it difficult to secure an easier life for my kids despite my greatest efforts. Yet, I take comfort in my belief that if a person truly works hard enough, they can achieve their goals.

“I am thankful for the discipline my father taught me, which the Army later ingrained in me. I am also thankful for the support of my family, and the great wisdom imparted upon me by the Georgian Court University School of Nursing Faculty. My professors at GCU have prepared me well to enter the nursing practice with the most up-to-date nursing science at my disposal. Better yet, they taught me to be mentally flexible. So I can readily adapt to future changes, as new medical science emerges, and how I can be an agent of change. Learning from their personal experiences has been nothing short of standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Shaun Brennan ’14 is a former Army medic who served in Iraq and Germany. He earned his B.S.N. degree through the GCU-Meridian Health School of Nursing.

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I hope to begin my nursing career in an inpatient hospital setting where I can refine and hone my nursing skills. My immediate goal is to secure a position as a Registered Nurse so I can provide long-term financial stability for my wife and three children. Second to that, I hope to deliver exceptional care that lets my patients know they are the focal point of that care. I intend on acquiring as many additional certifications and credentials as I can attain, and will continue my academic nursing education when my children are a little older.

“Once I have become an experienced nurse, I would eventually like to work in an ICU setting, and perhaps end my career as a nurse educator. Like any father, I want my children to have an easier life than I had, and to surpass me in every way. I worry about how the rapidly changing economic climate of our healthcare system and country, may make it difficult to secure an easier life for my kids despite my greatest efforts. Yet, I take comfort in my belief that if a person truly works hard enough, they can achieve their goals.

“I am thankful for the discipline my father taught me, which the Army later ingrained in me. I am also thankful for the support of my family, and the great wisdom imparted upon me by the Georgian Court University School of Nursing Faculty. My professors at GCU have prepared me well to enter the nursing practice with the most up-to-date nursing science at my disposal. Better yet, they taught me to be mentally flexible. So I can readily adapt to future changes, as new medical science emerges, and how I can be an agent of change. Learning from their personal experiences has been nothing short of standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Shaun Brennan ’14 is a former Army medic who served in Iraq and Germany. He earned his B.S.N. degree through the GCU-Meridian Health School of Nursing.

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