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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Joanis

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Joanis


Oct 10, 2016

Career Program: Nursing
Age: 28
Hometown: Oshkosh
Current Residence: Milwaukee
Attended FVTC: September 2012 - May 2016

Why did you choose the Nursing Program?
I didn’t want a job that was about simply showing up and getting things done. I wanted a career that would make a difference in people’s lives, involve constant learning, and combine art, science and math. Nursing was the perfect solution, for it is not only the things previously listed, but it is also love.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
Nurses oftentimes see people (not just patients, but their families and friends as well) during very vulnerable times in their lives. It is rewarding when I am able to be there for them and help when they need it most. It is a privilege to be so trusted and welcomed into their world.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
I chose Fox Valley Technical College because I knew the nursing program (and pre-nursing program) would give me incomparable hands-on experience. Patients put their lives in nurses’ hands, so we need to be competent! Due to its reputation, I knew the education at FVTC would give me what I needed so patients would be confident in the care I would provide.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?
Fox Valley Technical College has such a welcoming learning environment that fosters partnerships between educators and learners. Experiencing that safe learning environment has changed my life; I now try to create a similar learning environment and partnership between my patients and myself as a nurse. That way we can all work together toward common goals.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?
I was hoping to find a job surrounded by helpful staff that support graduate nurses. Also, for about six years, it was my dream to be a labor and delivery nurse in a big New Orleans hospital. However, after I graduated, one of my friends mentioned Aurora St. Luke’s in Milwaukee. After seeing how kind and supportive the staff was on the unit, I thought, “what more could a new nurse ask for? St. Luke’s it is!”