Samantha Southwell

In fall 2016, CUAA launched a new School of Nursing and began to make good on a strategic university vision to prepare more Christ inspired nurses for the Church and world.

Following the December 2018 commencement, the university began to see the first fruits of this effort with its inaugural cohort of nursing graduates out in the field. Meet a few of CUAA’s first-ever school of nursing graduates and learn about their current positions as compassionate caretakers, an embodiment of Concordia’s mission to develop students in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.

Samantha Southwell (’18)

Hometown: Howell, MI

Current position: Registered Nurse, University of Michigan (Operating Room)

What was your favorite nursing course at CUAA?

OB & Women’s Health

What is your dream area of nursing specialty?

Labor & Delivery

What is your favorite memory from your time as a nursing student at CUAA?

Med Surg 3 clinical in Pennsylvania.

In your opinion, what makes CUAA’s nursing program different than other schools’?

CUAA was a very “hands on” learning experience and the small class size made the learning very personal. You really feel that all of the instructors care and want to see you succeed.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a prospective CUAA nursing student?

Listen to helpful tips from the instructors on things such as studying. Be present and take in the experience of nursing school as much as you can! It will be a tough journey, but it is so worth it.

Click here to meet more Alpha class members and see what they’re up to!

— Photography by Kelly Cieslak (’13)

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