Bailie Cronin

Bailie Cronin

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Alder Grove Health Services
Denver, CO
Nursing, 2012, Spanish, 2013

"I would tell any current student to not get stressed out with little assignments and tasks. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Network with people and organizations that are going to get you to your next goal. Build friendships, be outgoing, and always be kind. The third floor of the library might be your second home. For recent grads, even if you don't land your dream job right out of college, you can get there if you just keep working for it."

Q&A with Bailie:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

Since starting college at USD in 2008, I have not taken a break from full-time education. I worked as an R.N. at Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton while studying at USD. My love for psychiatric nursing started when I had a rotation at HSC. Following my B.S.N. in 2013, I started my Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing at the University of Colorado for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. While there, I worked as an R.N. at Center for Dependent, Addiction, and Research at the University of Colorado Hospital. After I graduated with my M.S. in December 2015, I started working for Addiction, Research, and Treatment Services with a faculty position as a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) in the School of Medicine from the University of Colorado. I then started working as a pediatric psychiatric N.P. for a community mental health center in Fort Collins and Loveland, CO and for a private practice in Denver, CO made up entirely of nurse practitioners. My future goal is to open a pediatric psychiatry clinic in Sioux Falls, SD. Currently, I am on my last semester of graduate school. In May, I will graduate with my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Colorado.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

USD’s Nursing program was the start of everything for me. It challenged me to grow as a person and as a student. I made lifelong friends in that program and it was the starting block to a great career.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement thus far has been being selected as a Psychiatric Nursing Fellow at the University of Colorado. I was selected because of my academic achievements as well as my dedication to the field of pyschiatric nursing. This fellowship provided funding for my education and opened the door to many career opportunities.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

I had the best experience at USD. I am from Yankton, SD so I was nervous that USD wouldn't be fulfilling to me since it was so close to home. I wanted the true college experience. And I got it! I first started at USD studying pre-med and Spanish, and then decided to apply for nursing school. I ended up doing the R.N.-B.S.N. program after I graduated with my Associate Degree in Nursing, which was what USD was offering for their nursing program at the time. I also got my B.A. in Spanish. I was a Spanish department intern, a tutor for underclassman, and joined Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish national honor society. I was very involved with the nursing program and helped organize a fundraiser and group for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, participated in the inaugural pilot of the Clinical Scholar Model Experience, participated in the Cultural Competency Day, and did the CORE Disaster Life Support training. Academically, I was on the Dean’s List and studied abroad with International Studies Abroad in Barcelona, Spain. USD offered so many opportunities scholastically as well as socially. I made lifelong friends and always had fun.

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