Ronald Kope-Alumni Profile| Franciscan University of Steubenville
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    Ronald Kope

    Class of 2014

    Majors: MSN

        Ronald Kope MSN ‘14 has positively impacted lives for years. He has been an ER tech, a paramedic, a registered ER nurse, and a registered intensive care nurse. He has an associate degree in nursing from West Virginia Northern Community College and a RN-BSN from West Liberty University. He has an MSN, too—from Franciscan University of Steubenville. And it was the experience he gained at Franciscan that launched him onto a new career path that sent him to Naples, Florida, where he and his wife had been hoping to live, and allows him to continue helping people to the best of his ability.     

          While at Franciscan, Kope landed a job at Doctors Urgent Care, a combination family practice and urgent care in Wheeling, West Virginia, as part of his clinical requirements for the family nurse practitioner program. This job became the springboard to the similar position he landed in Florida—an internal medicine job at Korunda Medical Institute. Kope credits Franciscan with preparing him for this kind of work.

        “I felt that when I was hired [at Doctors Urgent Care], I was ‘thrown to the wolves,’” he says. “I was expected to jump right in and begin caring for patients with minimal guidance. The combination of classroom instruction at Franciscan with the program’s many clinical hours helped me to fit seamlessly into this position.” Kope says Franciscan’s MSN program also provided a foundation to view patients as unique individuals and to learn how to adapt to varied responses to treatments. The intense preparation from the program’s hands-on classroom setting and mandatory 500 clinical hours prepared Kope well to help others in the career he loves.

         Kope says he found his job at Doctors Urgent Care satisfying because it blended family practices with urgent care. “You don’t always know ahead of time what is going to walk through the door next,” he says. “This job has prepared me for my next step moving forward, and I am sure that the education I received from Franciscan and the experiences I have had since graduating will allow me to succeed."

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