Alumni: '10 RN
Ever since she was five, Lauren Horn (Bradshaw) ‘10 knew she wanted to be a nurse. “I used to put Band-Aids on my teddy bears,” she recalls. “I always liked to care for people who were hurt or sick.”
Horn began learning about the nursing profession even before she entered Rivier. She participated in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organization as a student at Nashua South High School, and earned her Licensed Nursing Assistant certification through them. She says participating in the program “got my foot in the door.”
She explored larger colleges and universities farther from home, but Rivier’s small class sizes and nursing curriculum impressed her. “At Rivier, you get a lot of one-on-one interaction with your instructors,” she says. Horn, who played soccer and ran track at Nashua South High School, played on the Rivier soccer team her freshman and senior years. As a Raider, she earned Great Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and Rivier Rookie of the Year honors her freshman campaign.
When she graduated from Rivier in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, she got married and moved to the Southwest with her husband, who is in the Air Force—initially working as a nurse with Liberty of Oklahoma at the Robert M. Greer Center in Enid, Okla. with dual diagnosed patients who were both mentally challenged and suffering from mental illness. Horn and her husband then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked at Corpus Christi Medical Center as a nurse in the medical/surgical telemetry unit, specializing in gastrointestinal, renal and oncology. Her travels next took her to Albuquerque, N.M., where she worked at Presbyterian Hospital as a float nurse, working on numerous floors at three different campuses.
Horn is currently living in Okinawa, Japan, where she works as a civilian at the United States Naval Hospital in the Emergency Department.
Today, as a professional nurse in the workforce, she can see how well Rivier prepared her for the demands of her profession. “Our instructors prepared us thoroughly, teaching us so much about today’s health care environment,” she says. “They were especially diligent in teaching us how to organize our day so that we can accomplish all that is demanded of us. Working in different environments, I can tell some of the other nurses didn’t have that.”
“After traveling all over, I have realized that my Rivier education and experience has helped me tremendously,” she adds. “While at Riv, my instructors pushed and encouraged us to be the best that we could be. Now, after being a nurse for several years, I realize the importance of the message they were trying to get across to us. I feel that I got a great education from Riv. I am so thankful for all the real-world experience and preparation I received, and to all of my instructors who pushed and challenged me.”