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Karie Ogle (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Karie Ogle (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Dec. 12, 2019

Ogle is first student to graduate from online nursing program

By Leah Newell, communication assistant


Karie Ogle has worked in the nursing field for five years and wanted an avenue to advance her knowledge. This week, she becomes the first student to graduate from Northwest Missouri State University’s relaunched RN-BSN program.

“In nursing school they challenged us as students to set goals,” Ogle said. “One of my goals was to obtain my BSN degree. The BSN degree provides RNs with a greater knowledge to provide better holistic care. I want to strive to be able to provide that type of care to my patients.”

Ogle developed an interest in nursing while growing up and watching her grandmother serve as a public health nurse. Today, Ogle is the school nurse at Maryville High School and enjoys working with students.

“It’s nice that I can see their growth,” Ogle said. “You’re not just helping them when they’re ill, but you’re helping them when they’re healthy, too.”

Ogle received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) degree and Resident Nurse (RN) degree from Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.

She appreciates the experiential learning experiences and resources Northwest offers to enhance learning in and outside of her career.

“You’ll learn something in class and, because I’m working, I can go ahead and apply that knowledge – whether it’s policies, leadership or evidence-based practice,” Ogle said.

Northwest relaunched its RN-BSN program in 2017 as an online program that offers seven-week sessions, enabling students to complete the program in less than a year. The student-centered program is conducive to the working nurse’s schedule.

“The Northwest online RN-to-BSN program should be an associate degree nurse’s first choice for continuing their degree for a multitude of reasons,” Brooke McAtee, the director of Northwest’s nursing program, said. “First and foremost, our program is student-centered.  The nursing program faculty and staff work hard to provide a fully online, student-centered atmosphere for working nurses.”

A bachelor’s degree in the nursing field provides opportunity for nurses to advance in their professional roles at a state, national and international level. Northwest’s RN-BSN program emphasizes the importance of leadership skills in all of these service areas. Students enrolled in the RN-BSN program also have the opportunity to earn a nurse manager certificate offered through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

McAtee said she is excited for Ogle to be the first graduate of the online program.

“Karie Ogle is an outstanding student that exemplifies the hard work and dedication it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing,” McAtee said. “We are happy to celebrate this accomplishment with Karie and her support system during graduation ceremonies.”

To learn more about Northwest’s online RN-BSN program visit online.nwmissouri.edu/programs/rn-to-bsn.aspx, call 660.562.1973 or email nwnursing@nwmissouri.edu.


Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704