Kelley Streit, BSN, RN

Kelly Streit, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Berkshire Medical Center

Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m a Registered Nurse (RN) at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield, MA. I obtained my associate degree from Berkshire Community College and worked as a trauma nurse for four years before deciding that I wanted more and knew that I really needed to further my education.

During the time period that I decided that I wanted to continue on with my education, BMC and the Elms College came together and collaboratively developed an RN-BSN course of study. I was one of the fortunate applicants to receive a full scholarship towards my BSN degree. My educational experience through the Elms was amazing. The professors were professional, supportive, and always available for any questions or concerns.

After graduation I took a position in nursing management and a few years later once again found myself wanting more. It had always been a dream of mine to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) but the timing never seemed to correlate with a busy work and family life. When I learned that Elms College would be offering a Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program of study I was overwhelmed with joy. Because my first experience at the Elms was so amazing I knew I couldn’t go wrong in pursuing my educational dreams at Elms College. Once again I was blessed with an amazing gift, another opportunity to attend the Elms College to earn my DNP, the terminal degree of nursing.

I remember the day I received my acceptance letter and the millions of thoughts that were suddenly going through my mind like…how am I going to do this with a family and work full time and find time to study? Once the initial shock wore off I was thrilled at the thought that I was going to become an elite member of the first inaugural DNP program at the Elms College. It was time to meet my advisor, as I walked out the door, I stated to my husband, “I’m going to meet my guardian angel today.” It was then I met with my advisor Teresa Kuta Reske who was very welcoming and reassured me that I would be just fine.

So, my fellow nurse friends, if you are looking to pursue a career in Advanced Practice Nursing it is with great regards that I recommend you look no further and get your application into the Elms for the DNP program of study. I’m not going to tell you that it’s been a breeze, because it is not. I will not tell you that it has been easy, because it has not been. But what I will tell you is… if you’re looking for a challenging, yet rewarding, well developed, organized program of study, you need not to search any further. The professors are very professional, knowledgeable, and supportive and are there to see you through each and every step of the way. The curriculum is well developed and based on the essentials of the DNP. Each class has been carefully developed and geared to prepare each student for licensure, credentialing, and most importantly practice.

I can truly say that it is has been an honor and a privilege to be a student in the first DNP class at the Elms College. So my friends from the class of 2017, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and hope that you will seriously consider the Elms College DNP program of study.