Maggie Mosier graduated from IU’s RN to BSN completion option in the spring semester of 2019. She went to Pendleton High School and then met her husband who attended the IU School of Informatics in Bloomington. He works as a database administrator at his job in Bloomington. Her mother is a Registered Nurse and has worked in surgery her whole career.
Maggie’s uncle was a psychiatrist who went to IU Medical School and hearing the stories about him taking his psychiatric patients to see movies like “Silence of the Lambs” sounded interesting to her. From her uncle’s stories, she found her niche in psychiatric nursing. She currently works as a behavioral health and resource nurse educator.
Nursing is not Maggie’s first career. Before she became a nurse, she was working in operations at a stock brokerage firm. After a couple years, she got her cosmetology degree, and was a hair stylist as a side job. But it still was not the career she wanted fulfillment from. Maggie searched for schools that were the most competitive in the state and looked at different options and eventually she wanted to go on to a graduate school for a master’s program. She also wanted a strong support system as an adult student. She believed the IU RN to BSN online program had everything she needed.
Maggie liked the online format because she could study at her own pace, and not to be sitting in a lecture hall, but reading and studying the materials on her own time. She did not have a predictable work schedule, so she could read while on the treadmill or listen to a video while cleaning her home. Students from other campuses were interesting to Maggie because she interacted with RNs working in other areas such as cardiac care, home health, hospice, and all different nursing specialty areas.
Maggie’s evidenced-based practice Capstone project was titled, “Nurse-led follow-up communication and its effects on medication compliance in the patient with schizophrenia.” She said that we see too many patients return to the ER after they are released from the hospital. Many are homeless, and even though they feel better, they still need to take their prescribed medications. Nurses are the ones that spend the most time with many of these patients, and we know them on a first name basis. Patients are given long term injections once a month, but there are still barriers such as lack of transportation and bad weather which often prevent these patients from being compliant with their medications. This project shows how the nurses who are familiar with these patients can follow-up to address some of these possible barriers to medication compliance.
Maggie’s future goals include obtaining a master’s degree, as she has been accepted into the IUPUI Psychiatric-Mental Nurse Practitioner degree program. She would then like to obtain a doctor of nursing practice degree and then take a break to do some traveling.