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Alumni Q&A: Robbie Moore (BSN '19)

2019 BSN graduate Robbie Moore, RN, shares his insight on how a Michigan BSN can leave you well prepared for graduate studies. Robbie works in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing at C.S. Mott Children’s hospital and is pursuing his MSN in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Wayne State University. He transferred to the U-M School of Nursing as a sophomore after two years at Michigan State.


“My undergraduate studies forced me to put in the time to get the grade I deserved. That work ethic and dedication are the most important things I learned at the School of Nursing.”Why did you want to become a nurse? And why did you decide to pursue your master’s degree?

Robbie Moore: Getting out of high school, I knew I wanted to do something in medicine, but I didn't know which career path I wanted. Nursing is by far one of the most stable careers you can have. On top of that, I realized if I wanted to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner, I’d already have that stable career as an RN, so that’s what I did.

How did your time at the School of Nursing prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

RM: Your sophomore year is your introduction to nursing language — writing, learning anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. In junior year, you're still learning and you're advancing that knowledge, but the clinical piece is where you grow more. In senior year, it all just comes together. You grow so much in your junior year that once senior year comes along and you're doing your critical care rotation, you've already been challenged so much that you essentially feel like a nurse.

Why did you gravitate to psychiatric nursing specifically?

RM: When I went into my psychiatric rotation during my BSN studies, it just felt natural. Not everyone is able to talk to patients and connect with them on an emotional level, especially kids with mental health disorders, but it was something I really enjoyed.

How did the School of Nursing help prepare you for what you’re experiencing now in your graduate program?

RM: I’ve realized the BSN program really helped me with the research portion of my graduate studies. As an undergrad, we not only have an introductory research course, but other classes required us to work within research data bases, learn proper search terms and familiarize yourself with basic research processes. Having that basis going into graduate school has helped propel me even further; it's been a foundational piece.

Do you feel like earning your BSN at U-M gave you any sort of advantage as a graduate student?

RM: I’ve noticed that some of my peers are still flustered over the workload. But for me, that’s become routine. My undergraduate courses at U-M prepared me for that, and it’s almost become second nature.

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