Fura: Calls nursing a very rewarding career
One glance at Alvernia’s Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Louise Fura’s past, and it’s obvious she was destined to advance in the nursing profession.
“My mother was a nurse and as a young child I enjoyed listening to her stories and experiences about her nursing career,” she explained.
Dr. Fura didn’t wait until she earned her nursing degree to enter the healthcare field; instead, she spent her high school years volunteering at Reading Hospital and worked as a nursing assistant while earning her BSN from DeSales University.
“I’ve simply always wanted to be a nurse,” said Dr. Fura. However, before she even finished college, she knew she’d eventually go on to graduate school.
During her last semester at DeSales, she had a clinical experience at a primary care clinic with a nurse practitioner. She credits that experience with helping to shape her career, “I thought the nurse practitioner had a fascinating professional role. She could independently practice nursing while collaborating with other healthcare providers to manage patients’ healthcare needs.”
Dr. Fura often tells those considering earning their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree that the degree can expand their career opportunities. Her own experiences support that statement.
Becoming a nurse practitioner enabled Dr. Fura to develop a wellness program for women at St. Joseph Medical Center where she conducted gynecological physical exams, cancer screenings and provided wellness education for adult women.
“This was an interesting journey to get the program off the ground and then care for those women,” said Dr. Fura. “Some of those women hadn’t seen a provider in a long time and were uncomfortable with a gynecological exam. I tried to alleviate some of their fears and concerns while offering them health promotion education.”
Dr. Fura has been in nursing education for many years and says she enjoys, “seeing the students develop in their role as a future professional nurse. It’s also gratifying to see how they develop in their knowledge and skills to make a difference in their patients’ lives.”
She also realizes the important role DNPs play in improving healthcare in this country. The Institute of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences all cite the need for a clinical doctorate degree.
“In the future, nurses interested in advancing their professional careers will find the DNP to be the entry degree for advance practice nursing,” adds Dr. Fura. “And, since we have a limited number of physicians in primary care, nurse practitioners can fill that gap to meet the healthcare needs of our community and nation.”
In her opinion, nursing is an art and a science, “You need to have the art of caring and communication skills to make a personal connection with patients. You also need the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality safe patient care.” It also helps to be motivated. “I had to persevere with my career path but if you enjoy what you do, it makes everything more rewarding,” said Dr. Fura