Nurse Administrator Profile – Nancy York, RN
Diploma in practical nursing, 1969
Associate in nursing from Burlington County College, 1993
Bachelor’s in nursing from Thomas Edison State College, 2011
Master’s in nursing education from Thomas Edison State College expected April 2014
Nancy York has been a nurse since she was 17, when she earned a diploma in practical nursing. That was only the beginning for her education and training. Over the course of a 30-year career in long-term care, including work as a charge nurse at a long-term care facility, she’s earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. In recent years, her career has focused more on teaching, and York is currently the director of the practical nurse program for the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, a Philadelphia-based healthcare union. She is also currently at work on her master’s in nursing education.
Question: What drew you to the field of nursing, and nursing administration in particular?
York: “I have always wanted to be a nurse, to care for people and to help people in the most vulnerable times of their lives. Nursing administration is something that evolved over time and with advanced education. It gave me the opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience that I have gained from my 30-plus years of experience.”
Question: Why did you continue to pursue advanced degrees in the field? How has that benefited you in your career?
York: “Nursing is a lifelong career of learning. I have always enjoyed learning and researching. When I decided to go back to school, I wrestled with the idea that I might be too old, too settled in my ways to take on such a significant undertaking. It was the best decision I have ever made. It led me on a track that brought me to my present position as the Interim Director of District 1199C’s Training and Upgrading Fund’s Practical Nursing Program. Pursuing my advanced degree has enabled me to reach my dream of becoming a nurse educator, obtain a job that I love, and help to advance the careers of women and men who have the same dream.”
Question: What do you enjoy about your work? What challenges, developments or successes keep it exciting to you?
York: “It is exciting working with students and watching them blossom into responsible and proficient nurses. I enjoy sharing my experiences with students. It is vitally important that nursing traditions and heritage be shared and preserved. Challenges include the technological advances and research in nursing that requires constant additions and changes to the information we teach students.”
Question: What advice do you have for people just starting their education or their professional career who are considering going into advanced nursing practices?
York: “My advice is to never give up on your goals. Nursing is unique in that opportunities are limitless and you can reach your goals by ‘stepping up’ on the career ladder. All you need is desire, courage to take the first step, and a plan of action.”