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Heather Stehr
Sioux City, Iowa

Registered Nurse, Mercy Medical Center

Nursing Major ('06)

Why Briar Cliff Master's Program?

When Heather Stehr learned about her alma mater's online
 Master’s degree in nurse education, she knew it was meant to be.

“I’ve always wanted to do something more with my nursing career,” says Stehr, a full-time registered nurse in the cardiothoracic surgery department at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City. “When I got into practice, I really enjoyed teaching others, even new grads on the floor.” Her ultimate goal is to teach nursing in a four-year program at a Siouxland college.

Stehr, a 2006 Briar Cliff graduate who has two small children, said an online program is the only way she could go back to school and balance family and work responsibilities. She reads lectures online and complete her homework in early mornings or late evenings.

The online classes are comprised of lectures recorded by professors, posted lectures and discussion boards. Students participate in class discussions, submit assignments and take exams on their personal computers or iPads.

The 
nationwide shortage of nursing faculty was a major factor in BCU’s decision to offer an online nurse educator program.

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