Date: January 28, 2018
February 27, 2018 (2 days)
Lacie: Living Life to the Fullest Lacie Ferguson has a life motto, "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so be kind, always." And she is on a mission to help others fighting their battles and to spread kindness and positivity A native of Hastings, Lacie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) when she was in middle school. UC is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. It is a chronic illness with no known During her freshman year at a local college, she was very sick and her nurses were checking on her continuously. That's when she made it her goal to help others the way those nurses were helping her - on the frontline, every day, showing they cared and helping her fight her battle. One Wednesday night, she saw a Facebook ad for Bryan College of Health Sciences nursing program. She clicked on the link, applied immedately and never looked back Learning about what Bryan had to offer, there were several things that were instantaneously appealing to Lacie. She read about Bryan's 1,200-plus clinical hours that would give her great firsthand experience; that nursing students are exposed to all fields within the profession; the 1:6 clinical teacher-to-student ratio the exclusive 60 students per class; and student involvement and professional development. Lacie had several conversations with the college leading up to her enrollment. "Because the instructors were medical professionals, they truly understood. Everyone went in with our eyes wide open and Bryan helped set me up for success That's a special quality of Bryan I hadn't found anywhere else. It was absolutely the right call." That spring semester, she made her way to Lincoln. Because of her determination to keep going with her schooling and the acie Ferguson, RN care and attention given by her instructors, she was able to stay on track for graduation. In December 2016, she did just that, and with honors. Now as a nurse, I can easily understand and remember what it is like to be on the receiving end of truly life-changing, excellent care. Bryan College of Health Sciences has prepared me to fulfill my life-long dream of helping others."