Student Plans to Use Nurse-Midwifery, WHNP Career to Help Underserved

JUNE 27, 2016 - Karla Hill (G’16) is currently a student in the online Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.

With graduation coming in about six months, Hill took time to share some information about herself, including her background as a nurse and her hopes for the future as an advanced practice registered nurse.

NHS: Where do you live and when will you graduate?

KH: I live in Southern California, and I will graduate from Georgetown in December 2016.

NHS: Where did you earn your BSN?

KH: I graduated from Wright State University located in Dayton, Ohio in 2010.

NHS: How long have you been a registered nurse?

KH: I have been a registered nurse for 6 years. I am currently a per diem labor and delivery nurse.

NHS: Why do you want to become a nurse-midwife?

KH: Growing up as an inner-city youth, I experienced women in my community avoiding medical care due to fear, lack of knowledge, or lack of resources in the community.

Additionally, I remember seeing women across their lifespan unable to afford routine health care screening services. Even at this early age, a desire began to grow in me to help these women. 

The compassion I felt from those personal experiences led me to pursue a career in nursing.  Furthering my education to become a nurse-midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner will allow me to achieve the education and skills to better help women who are underprivileged and underserved. 

NHS: How do you like Georgetown’s program?

KH: I love the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown.  It gives me the flexibility to take classes from my own home. The support that students receive from everyone - from admissions to faculty - is what stands out most to me.  I always feel as though I have the support I need no matter the circumstance. I always feel like I am top priority.

NHS: What do you hope to do after graduation?

KH: After graduation, I hope to work in an environment that improves health care for women.  I would love the opportunity to go out into the community and assist in promoting healthy lifestyles and teaching disease prevention to women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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