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On an Education Journey

MSN MBA student Michel Thomas
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Fun Facts About Michel Thomas:

Loves to cook and be creative on plating and presenting what she makes.

Spends time with her two grandsons by watching educational shows with them.

Michel Thomas’s life can be characterized as taking one step at a time.

Now a Clinical Nurse Manager at Truman Medical Center, Michel is currently enrolled in a dual Master’s program at MNU and is working on both her MBA and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). But before that, her education was a journey: one step at a time. She has held every position in the nursing field, beginning with Certified Nursing Aide. After that training she completed her Licensed Practical Nurse schooling at Penn Valley Community College. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was earned at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

And now Michel is taking the next step in her education. When asked what brought her to MNU, she gave a little laugh and answered:

“I think it was divine, honestly. I was sitting at my desk, and I heard an announcement saying that MNU was in the building to talk with those interested.”

She felt God leading, so she got up to check it out. That encounter led to attending an open house at MNU just a few days later. After researching the school, she knew MNU was her next step. Because of where Michel was in her relationship and walk with Christ, she knew the Christian environment and quality education offered at MNU was just right for her.

“It was perfect, so why not do it?” Michel said.

Michel is taking one class at a time due to her busy work schedule and being a grandmother. But this 46-year-old has already seen the benefit from her classes at MNU. The connection with the professors and other students is something she has never experienced before on her education journey. She feels comfortable in class and empowered by the professors.     

“When you are empowered, you can empower others,” she explains.     

And so far, that is what she is giving back to her patients as she cares for them. Michel strives to help patients be empowered to care for and advocate for themselves. This skill is being developed even more in MNU Master’s program.     

Every tool you learn to use just equips you to be able to give that to someone else

Michel Thomas, MSN-MBA

Michel is happy to be at MNU--happy to gain those tools that will help her be a better nurse, a better person. As far as future goals, Michel says, “When a door does open, I’ll be ready to walk through it. I’m being led as I go by the Spirit.”

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