Graduate Success Stories: Shawna Jones

2017, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

shawna jones wearing cap and gown holding a diploma

Shawna Jones served as a nurse in the U.S. Air Force helping medivac wounded soldiers back to the United States for care. For the last 16 years, she has worked as an emergency room nurse, most recently at a hospital north of San Antonio, Texas.

“I had just moved back to San Antonio with my husband. We had been stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.”

Shawna’s husband Anthony is an emergency room doctor serving in the U.S. Army.

“I had been doing ER nursing for 16 years and realized I needed to continue my education. I’ve always been that type of person, where education is knowledge and you need as much as you can. Otherwise, you’re not going to progress in your career.”

Going back to school was not an easy decision, as Shawna and Anthony had a young son.

“Being an ER nurse and then having a 3-year-old running around, it’s very time-consuming. Finding that leeway and balance to be able to do my schoolwork as fast as I possibly could so that I could get back to my family role was my objective, and Kaplan University provided that.

“I talked with my husband and he told me look for something that I could do and still work and still be a part of our family. Kaplan University was that choice. I was able to do my nursing bachelor’s online and still be able to work full time and still be able to take care of our son and do everything that I had been doing prior.”

It took some doing, but Shawna was able to make ends meet with some good planning.

“I work nights and I work three days a week, 12-hour shifts. So I would tend to work my schedule around the one-on-one meetings I would have to have on the computer with my professors and my classmates. The nice thing about my job is I was able to make my own schedule. As long as I worked those three nights a week, I could make my own schedule, so it was nice. Working with the Kaplan University team, I could find out what my schedule was going to be for the semesters to come, when the seminars were, and things like this. It was really easy to balance my schedule.”

Shawna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) degree from Kaplan University in 2017.

“It’s allowed me to move higher within the nursing field, as far as not just doing patient care, but I can be in one of the charge roles as a nurse. I’m allowed to preceptor new nurses who come in and then help with all the committees and everything that go on with nursing because of my higher degree.”

She is a big supporter of Kaplan University because of the support she received from faculty and staff.

“I would definitely recommend Kaplan University because of how well they worked with me. They were very flexible. If I had any questions or needed help with anything, I could always get ahold of someone via phone or email. They were very responsive to my needs. The professors were very responsive. I liked the fact that I could get it done whenever, and at my pace. If I needed to slow down for a second, they would back me up. If I wanted to speed back up, they would add more, basically, to my plate. I was able to do whatever I needed to do for myself and my family. I would definitely recommend Kaplan University.”