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My Journey through Health Administration

My journey in pursuing my Master’s degree in Health Administration can be paraphrased by the words of the late musician Jerry Garcia: What a long, strange trip it’s been!

I have always felt a connection to the medical field, probably due to my parents who worked as medics, so I often found myself surrounded by medical professionals. To be honest, I saw myself more on the clinical side in the beginning of my studies when I first started college. The difference at that time was that I did not see myself in a hospital setting.

I was drawn to the medical field because I have always felt that my calling was in helping others, even throughout my academic pursuits. I started off majoring in Sports Medicine, and then Adult Fitness, before finally deciding on Health Sciences, where my emphasis of studies was in Health Promotion/Wellness. While my passion is still in this field, I knew that I was still missing something along the way. I just didn’t know what that missing piece was.

After working for about five years in the public health field and still not feeling fulfilled, I began exploring different options that I thought might get me on a path to success and happiness. One person I met along the way informed me that if I picked up a nursing degree to supplement my health sciences background, then I would be more marketable to hospitals and other agencies.

I enrolled in nursing school and began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at my local hospital. I quickly learned that I would never be happy working in-patient care, but at the same time, I really enjoyed the hospital environment.

This exposure began my journey towards discovering and exploring the possibilities within health administration. Three years later and I am still working for the same hospital, but now I am an administrator in the hospital education service where I work to ensure that all clinical staff stays compliant with required trainings for patient care.

The late Nelson Mandela once said, “In our language there is a saying, Ndiwelimilambo enamagama – I have crossed famous rivers. It means that one has travelled and, in the process, gained much experience.”

While I am currently happy with the work I perform daily, I certainly don’t know that this will be where I wind up for my career. That, however, is the beauty of Health Administration – there is such a wide variety of mediums that you can work in.

With new focuses in health care centered on topics like population health, I think that the experiences I have gained that led me to health administration will certain help guide me throughout my career, wherever my journey takes me. I am sure yours will too.

About the Author

Nicholas Godbey

Nicholas Godbey is a graduate student from the HAD program at Saint Joseph’s. Nicholas is currently an Education Technician at a medical center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their cat, Vegeta, as well as going to the beach, catching movies, and participating in triathlons.

Grad Year: 2016
Program: MS in Health Administration

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