Today, we’re featuring one of Aspen’s MSN alumni, Erin Torp. Erin graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in Nursing Education. Erin was able to use her MSN Nursing Education degree to launch a career educating future nurses. Keep reading to experience Erin’s journey.
“I grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and I knew that my education was the way to be successful. I originally planned to go to medical school, however financially I was unable to do so. I worked extremely hard to be accepted into Moravian University where I completed their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. I was accepted into multiple honors societies. I also had multiple commitments including multiple part-time jobs, a sorority, and a Division Three field hockey team. I am a first-generation college graduate and I have always enjoyed learning. My professors gave me the courage to pursue higher degrees and eventually become an educator.
After working for a few years as a Registered Nurse in Open Heart Intensive Care in Pennsylvania, I decided to pursue my master’s degree at Aspen University. Aspen offered a program that would allow me to work full-time and to pay the degree upfront, without being burdened with more student loan debt. During my time at Aspen I moved, changed hospitals where I worked, got married, and had my first child. While all of this was happening, I was able to excel at Aspen University because of its flexibility, support, and encouragement from my professors. The last year of my MSN was also during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was challenging as an ICU nurse working overnights at two local hospitals. My daughter being born was the biggest motivator to finish my MSN degree. I graduated in May 2021 and I was offered a full-time faculty role in June of 2021. My education at Aspen University helped me to excel in the role of instructor where I taught Medical Surgical Nursing, Health Assessment, and Fundamentals. I eventually transitioned out of the instructor role and obtained a job at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. I enjoy teaching didactic courses, labs, and clinicals for a university that is close to home with supportive colleagues. My next plan is to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and later transition into educational leadership. I never thought I would obtain a terminal degree with all the barriers I faced, but I plan to continue learning and growing and to make myself and my family proud.
I could not have finished my MSN degree without the support of my husband, colleagues, professors, and friends. I love having the opportunity to educate future nurses and make a lasting impact on them like all my professors have made on me.”
Erin’s story is one of hard work and accomplishment. If you’re ready to start your nursing journey, visit Aspen’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences page!