Veteran Success Story Misty Bauer
Earning my degree helped me to cope after the tragic loss of my husband. Veterans benefits made it possible.
A Tough Path Forward
Misty Bauer (Nursing, '14) had a special message for her late husband, U.S. Army Specialist Joseph Bauer, upon her graduation: "This is for you."
When her husband was killed in the line of duty, Misty thought she would never recover. But, with the assistance of her education benefits and help from Veteran Student Services, she was able to reach her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Misty credits Joseph with continuing to have an influence in her life, even after he and three other soldiers were killed by a land mine while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. She believes he has helped push her to move forward by advancing her education and accomplishing new goals.
"It took me a while to reach this point. I was in shock and then I was angry that he was taken from me, but now I am more appreciative of what I have," said Misty, who is graduating from the nursing program at UC Blue Ash College. "I think Joe has helped outline my life for me. I am back in school, I am becoming more active like he was, and I plan to run in my first half-marathon this fall in his honor since he was a runner."
As an Ohio resident and the widow of a member of the military killed in the line of duty, Misty receives free tuition to attend UC Blue Ash through the Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents. She also gets help with her books and other fees through a Veteran Affairs education fund that was coordinated by the Veteran Student Affairs office at UC Blue Ash.
Misty is one of 22 students graduating from the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to RN (Registered Nurse) program at UC Blue Ash this summer. It is a one-year program that provides the additional education and clinical experience needed for a LPN to take the next step in their nursing career. The college also offers a traditional, two-year program that allows students to earn their associate degree and begin their career as a RN or continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
Misty, who works at Children's Hospital Medical Center, plans to pursue her BSN through the UC College of Nursing in Clifton, where she is enrolled for the fall semester. She says that staying in school is, for now, kind of a coping mechanism. It helps her set goals and keeps her looking ahead.
She adds that her outlook on life is better than ever, because of what she has been through. "With what happened to Joe and getting to help children every day who are sick, it really helps me appreciate every day," said Misty. "It's all about perspective, everything you do in life. Your attitude will make your day. It can be good or bad, that's your choice."
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