"This degree helped me obtain this job, and my job duties have grown double since I started at the hospital full time."
Stacy Fuller is used to working hard to achieve her goals.
She graduated in May with a bachelor's in health information management, a feat she completed while working two jobs.
"I worked a 40-hour full-time job, and a 20-hour part-time job, as well as (taking) two classes at a time, which is considered full time for the online degree," Fuller said. "I did not have time for much of anything for over a year, but when I finished my last class, it was all worth it. The best feeling I had was to be able to walk the stage at graduation after how hard I worked to get there."
And the hard work paid off. Just before finishing her last class in December, Fuller was offered a full-time job at the hospital she was working at part time.
"This degree helped me obtain this job, and my job duties have grown double since I started at the hospital full time," Fuller said.
She said the key to her success was the flexibility not to have to attend classes when she needed to be working and being able to complete coursework on her own time, so long as she met her assignment deadlines. She enjoyed the interaction with her classmates on the academic discussion boards as they provided additional perspective on the topics covered in her non-traditional classroom.
For Fuller, going back to school was an opportunity to expand her knowledge in the field she was working in, and today she is training others and teaching classes to fellow employees at her hospital.
Fuller said earning her bachelor's degree was the best decision she has made in her life and she plans to further her education by going back for her master's in health informatics.
"The future and my family and friends are keeping me motivated as I work toward my goals," Fuller said. "Everyone has been so supportive, and I could not have done this without all of their support."
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