Martin receives master’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University


CLINTONJill Martin, of Clinton, has graduated from Western Governors University (WGU) with a Master of Science in Nursing-Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN). 

Martin participated in the nonprofit, fully online university’s commencement ceremony in late October, where she and hundreds of other graduates were recognized and celebrated for their achievements.

Martin, who works full time as a certified school nurse for Clinton Schools and has been employed at Warner Hospital and Health Services as an RN and trauma nurse specialist in the emergency department for nearly 25 years, enrolled at WGU in February 2021 to complete her master’s degree.

“I chose WGU because I was wanting an affordable, online program that I could fit around my nursing positions,” Martin said. “I was able to complete my degree in one year and five months because I worked diligently, devoting at least 30 hours per week. This fulfilled a dream I had in high school of completing a master’s degree.”

As the lead nurse in the school district, she said her degree and the knowledge she has gained through her program at WGU helps support her in her role.

“I know that I was created to be a nurse, and this degree will help me be the best nurse I can be for our students in our school district and for the patients that I care for in our emergency department,” she said. “I love living in a small town and knowing the people who I care for. Someday, I hope to see what else I can do with this degree. The possibilities are endless, and I look forward to what my future holds.”

There were 301 undergraduate and 356 graduate degree recipients from 40 U.S. states who participated in the commencement ceremony, which was held in St. Louis.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 140,000 students nationwide and has more than 300,000 graduates in all 50 states.

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