Manjit Bhullar, RN, BSN '14 remembers the moment he decided to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
"It was when I found out my daughter was going to be born. I work really hard, for my kids and my family," says Bhullar.
Like many new parents, Bhullar wanted to maximize his earning potential. Already a registered nurse working two jobs, he knew that the degree would improve his job opportunities.
"I did a lot of the program online, mostly driving to Greensburg for class just once per week. The program could accommodate my schedule so it was a no brainer."
Bhullar completed his BSN in 2014. His education paved a path for his promotion to nursing director in the emergency department at Somerset Hospital in Somerset, Pennsylvania.
"We have a lot of good things happening at this little independent hospital," he says.
Bhullar's team in the emergency room is equipped to stabilize any patient who arrives. Staff are trained in critical care, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support.
"I supervise about 30 people—a combination of registered nurses, ER technicians, and ER registrars, along with the ER coordinator, who's been here for 13 years and knows everything about everything," he explains.
The pace at the ER is unpredictable, involving situations that range from tick bites to drug overdoses.
Bhullar splits his time between direct patient care and administrative responsibilities.
"Sometimes patients come in and they're having the worst time of their lives. They're looking for some answers. It makes me happy to be able to give them those answers. I have significant experience now, and my role as a nurse is not just IVs, patient assessments, documentation—it's education," he says.
He adds: To have compassion for other people, and empathy for them, that's probably the best thing I can do for people. To be kind. To be here for them."