As a 5-year-old, Theresa Horton discovered she was a natural-born nurturer. Every time she took her mom another ice compress, she knew.
Her mom, who suffered from debilitating migraines, was often so sensitive to light and sound that all she could do was lay down in a dark room.
“I cried with her because she was crying, and I knew then that I wanted to take care of people. That was me trying to fix her,” Horton says. That was also her demonstrating empathy — a quality that University of Phoenix nursing programs strongly emphasize.
Of course, Horton couldn’t have known that University of Phoenix ultimately would be her path — and she definitely couldn’t have predicted that she would earn her bachelor’s degree with a 4.0 GPA as a 54-year-old while working two jobs and helping to raise her grandchild.
Sometimes, life goes exactly where you wanted — it just takes a little while to get there. That’s Horton’s story. Maybe it’s yours too.
By 2021, she was working as a registered nurse when she got the itch to go back to school to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She did what she does best: She started researching. “I looked at reviews. University of Phoenix had some amazing reviews,” she says, adding that her friend, a UOPX alum, told her about what a quality program it was.
Ultimately, she knew that UOPX’s RN to BSN degree was the right fit. On one hand, it seemed like the right time. Her kids were grown and gone, and with University of Phoenix, her previous college credits transferred.
On the other hand, she began University of Phoenix’s online RN to BSN program literally within one day of being promoted to clinical manager with Bayada Home Health Care. Working one job with Atrium Health and another with Bayada, she says she thought, I must be crazy! “I was working full time, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” she says. “I dedicated any time that I had to school. It got rough.”
One of her colleagues from that season, Kimbly Sutton, says she sees innate leadership in Horton. “If you did not know your stuff as a nurse, she was the go-to person,” Sutton says. “She’s the type of person who [will] influence you to be on your A game. If something is not right, she won’t stop until it’s corrected. She both educates and advocates for her nurses and her patients.”