Lindsay Bubar, BSN, RN

Lindsay Bubar

Lindsay Bubar, B.S., R.N.

Class of 2017

Holyoke Medical Center

What did you want to be when you grew up? A major league baseball player? A lawyer? A teacher?

I didn’t know either. Sometimes you hear about those people, the ones who grew up with a concrete vision of who they wanted to be and where they wanted their life to go. I wasn’t one of those people. I went to college the first time for a degree I really didn’t want, but one that would make me rich! I quickly learned that money couldn’t by my happiness and I would need to find something that would be fulfilling in order to achieve that joy.

That’s when I took the long road to the Elms DNP Program. Starting off in a certificate program to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, going back to school for my Associates Degree and taking five years off to work as a Registered Nurse. Knowing multiple nurses who went through the Elms RN to BSN Program, I was coaxed into going back to school, AGAIN! After graduating in 2014, and after 12 drawn out years, you’d think I’d had enough, right?

Wrong! After the education I received at Elms, I knew I wanted to continue.  That this wouldn’t be the end of my journey and there was more in store for me. I secured a spot in a Masters level NP Program and registered for fall classes. 

And then I got the news- Elms was beginning the DNP journey. Yay! I applied, crossed my fingers and toes, and waited for that letter.

You see- Through my journey at Elms I learned that I could be more. So while a Master’s Degree would suffice, I had learned to set the bar higher. To reach for the stars, if you will.  With the evolution of healthcare shifting to recognize the importance of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, I had gained the confidence that I could be that leader in nursing.  I chose to pursue the DNP Degree to teach the next generation of nurses, to provide the best care possible, to help move nursing in the right direction by obtaining a degree that would allow me to be that leader.

Plus- who wants to pay more if they don’t have to? Realistically, if I got a Master’s and the DNP was eventually required I would be going back to school twice, and paying for both.  Skip a step and save some cash!

I miss my life but I am learning a lot, and that is an understatement. Understanding through DNP Immersion 1 why this terminal degree in nursing is so important really helped to solidify why I chose this program.  I will not claim to be an expert, but the research courses are well preparing us to complete our capstone project. There is a method to the madness! And through it all the culture of Elms shines through. Living up to the motto- Viam Veritatis Elegi- or I have chosen the way of truth. Elms is an environment that provides the highest level of education with caring, compassionate, and competent faculty.

I want you to know when you chose this program you will be entering the adventure of a lifetime. You will meet your cohort during orientation, you will become friends during the first semester, and eventually grow to family.  It is a lot like nursing- your team will get you through your best and worst days. You will have unlimited faculty support, and an unprecedented education, and maybe a professor that bakes once in a while.  Who doesn’t like cookies during class?

Maybe most importantly, you will find who you are as an APRN. You may think you know who you are, in and out of the nursing environment.  You will question this. You will question everything.  And along the way you will learn who you really are, and the kind of care you want- will- provide as an APRN. 

I have learned that I am stronger than I gave myself credit for. That organization will absolutely keep your head above water, even though you may feel like you are drowning.  And that I am blessed to be in a classroom with some of the smartest, strongest, and most amazing nurses I have ever met.  All of the education received in the lectures and assignments is complimented by what I am learning from those around me, and it’s amazing.

So you see, the DNP Program at Elms is a lot like what you are already experiencing as a nurse.  Friends and co-workers become family, you learn from your peers every day, and in the end- you will have a deeper understanding of who you are, and who you want to be as a practitioner. The DNP Degree will provide you with the education, leadership, and clinical expertise to not only safely practice, but to make the changes that are necessary for the evolution of nursing to continue.

Mahatma Gandhi said it best- “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

No matter how long it took you to get here, a day or a decade, what matters is that you’re here now.