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If You Dream It, You Can Achieve It!

Dorothy Miller, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, CNE

Department Chair, Health Sciences

Growing up, I knew I wanted to become a nurse. I imagined myself working in a hospital and taking care of people at the bedside. I could see myself wearing the starched white uniform and old-fashioned white starched nursing cap. However, I knew that for me, it would be a tough battle to become a nurse. I had several strikes against me accomplishing my dreams. Firstly, I did not personally know anyone who was a nurse. Having a role model can be a powerful tool in helping you visualize your dreams. Secondly, I was not great at math or science. In fact, my high school counselor told me that because of my grades, I would never become a nurse and that I should choose another career path. The third strike against my becoming a nurse was that I am from a very rural and impoverished background. None of my family members had ever gone to college and both of my parents only had an elementary school education. Finally, I am a Black female. Although Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first Black female to graduate from a nursing program in 1878, the field of nursing remains predominantly white.

According to Schunr (2020), there are approximately 4 million Registered Nurses (RNs) in the US. The statistics demonstrate that 7.8% of RNs self-identified as being Black or African American (non-Hispanic); 5.2% are Asian; 10.2% are Hispanic; 2.7% categorize themselves as two or more races; and 0.3% are American Indian or Alaskan Native. According to the statistics, 73.3% of RNs are White. As my high school counselor mentioned, the odds were against my becoming a nurse! Fortunately, I was born with tenacity and the unmitigated audacity to refuse to give up!

I achieved my dreams, are you ready to achieve yours? Have you been placed on a waiting list?

What can the St. Andrews University Nursing Programs offer you?

Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

  • Our faculty has over 100 years of combined nursing experience
  • We have small class sizes.
  • We have available slots with NO WAITING LISTS!
  • We have fully updated simulation and clinical skills labs.
  • We are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

RN-BSN Completion Program

  • Block transfer credit
  • No additional math or science courses required
  • Finish your Bachelors degree in 9 months
  • Credit for having an active RN license
  • Fully online, flexible
  • Slots available and enrolling now

What are you waiting for? Visit us or call us today!

If You Dream It! You Can Achieve It!


 Kays, H. (2022). Breaking barriers: A history of Mary Eliza Mahoney. Retrieved

Schnur, M. (2020). U.S. Nurses in 2020: Who we are and where we work. Retrieved