Advance Healthcare Network Interviews Alvernia’s Nursing Administrator Mary Arbogast

Arbogast Shares Advice For Nurses Considering Switching Jobs

In her role as the Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator at Alvernia University, Mary Arbogast often digs into her previous experiences as a nurse at Ephrata Hospital and Reading Hospital, to advise nurses considering a career move.  That life experience came in handy when she was interviewed for an article, Signs That It’s Time for a New Job, which appeared in Advance Healthcare Network.

In that article, Arbogast said, “If you feel unappreciated, have a perceived lack of progression/career advancement and want to be better compensated at work, a new job might be the solution.”

She offers endless encouragement to nurses looking for a new job because they don’t feel valued in their present position and points out that staying in an unsatisfying job happens because, “often times we are lulled to inaction because we are comfortable and don’t want to leave that comfort for whatever reason. But in my experience, nothing ventured is nothing gained. “

It’s not surprising that Arbogast, who recently earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration, often recommends nurses go back to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) to expand their career options.

While all roads to nursing – whether a student graduates from a diploma program, associate degree program, or bachelor’s degree program – result in taking the same licensure exam, the Institute of Medicine in it’s report on The Future of Nursing recommends increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctorate degrees.

The Future of Nursing Report recommends that nurses achieve higher levels of education in an effort to respond to the demands of an evolving health care system and meet the changing needs of patients.

Arbogast tells nurses frustrated in their present work environment that, “having the BSN not only will allow nurses to climb their clinical ladders in the workplace, but serves as a stepping stone to continue their education.”

When speaking with nurses interested in exploring their career options, Arbogast often talks about her own life and explains how she earned her masters degree while working full time.

“I share my own story and hope to give them insight on all the various avenues they can pursue,” she says. “I completed my master’s degree in December of 2014. Juggling studies with work, family, and other obligations can be stressful, but manageable,” says Arbogast.


About Alvernia University’s RN to BSN program
The primary goal of Alvernia University’s RN to BSN program is to prepare graduates to integrate values, skills, knowledge and ethical standards of the nursing profession into their nursing practice. Graduates develop and enhance their expertise to deliver healthcare to individuals, families and community groups in a wide range of healthcare environments.

About Alvernia
Alvernia combines the personal touch and attention of a small private college with many of the opportunities of an outstanding university. It’s the best of both worlds! Our students benefit from our liberal arts foundation that offers a well-rounded education to help them develop their own opinions, attitudes and beliefs. They also receive first-rate professional preparation to provide them with the skills and knowledge needed for career success after graduation.


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