In May 2015, Misti Hagerman-Beard anticipates graduating from Jefferson College of Health Sciences with a degree in Healthcare Management. The program, she says, offers her the chance to cultivate her skills as a leader while integrating her interest in healthcare. As a former Marine, she doesn’t shrink from tough choices or tough jobs. She chose the Marines due to its reputation for having the hardest boot camp. Those 13 weeks, she said, were mentally demanding. During 15-mile “humps,” she says she had to “keep my mental attitude positive.”
She used that mental grit during her time at Camp Pendleton, CA, as well as deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. And Hagerman-Beard keeps tapping this strength as a single mother of two children, ages seven and eight, while she goes to school full time. Of her time in the Marines, she said she was never scared, but excited. “I had to work twice as hard as a woman. You have to do that to be a respected female in the Marine Corps.” As a future administrator in a healthcare facility, she will draw upon that tenacity. She says the armed services taught her leadership, gave her confidence, and made her realize that she always had to do the right thing. “The main thing is not to be lazy, and mentally not to give up,” she reflects.
Hagerman-Beard applies those traits as she juggles a full time job as a CNA, pursues her degree – which is 100 percent distance courses – and takes care of her children. Her job at Richfield Retirement Community has opened her to the joys of healthcare, but also helped her to realize that she wants to be in a position to make changes. “The military gave me that second wind to be the better person. With hard work brings success,” she reflects.
The Healthcare Management degree, with online courses, suits those who are working fulltime and want to pursue a career change or increase their education. As Hagerman-Beard points out, “It is flexible for working people, and it offers an opportunity for leadership.” The Healthcare Management program’s mission is to “develop ethical and competent managers and leaders who are committed to improving the organization and delivery of healthcare services,” according to JCHS. Hagerman-Beard has found her niche.
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