MUW Nursing Student Hired at Johns Hopkins
By Jill D. O’Bryant
When she was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder
in high school, Mississippi University for Women
nursing student Rose Andrews never imagined that she
one day would be hired at one of the most
prestigious pediatric hospitals in the country so
she could give bedside care to other hurting
Andrews of Columbus, who will graduate from MUW in
May with a bachelor of science in nursing, will be
working at Johns Hopkins Hospital in their pediatric
intensive care unit.
She is the second MUW nursing student to recently be
hired by Johns Hopkins. Rosemary Munyiri, a 2005
graduate, was hired to the medical surgerical floor
and has been promoted to charge nurse.
“Since I was a sick kid, I guess you could say that
I somewhat understand sick children in a way that
many may not,” Andrews said. “I know when they say I
can't feel my arm or when they are so tired that
they barely can move what that feels like. I wasn't
as sick as most of the kids that I see, but I feel
Not only does she enjoy working with children, but
Andrews feels it is her calling.
“I just knew in my heart when I started nursing
school that I wanted to work with the pediatric
population,” she said. “I guess you could say it’s a
“I love the way children are. Pediatric patients are
quite unique. I love to hear children laugh, and I
am amazed at their resiliency.”
Pediatric nursing is challenging too, she said. At
each stage of development, children are different
because such things as their vital signs, motor
skills and drug dosages change.
But she feels she is up to the challenge because of
the training she has received at MUW.
“The nursing program is outstanding and tough, but I
Andrews said. “I am prepared not only in the
educational realm, but also in the psychospiritual
realm. I have grown. I have matured through the
nursing program, and I feel prepared to go into the
world and give back to those in need.
“I count it a blessing to have such a wonderful
nursing education from Mississippi University for
The news of being accept at Johns Hopkins was a
dream come true, Andrews said.
“(Johns) Hopkins had been a dream for me,” she said.
“I was shocked, but it only reminded me that I
should dream big. We all should reach for our
Andrews, quick to acknowledge her faith and family,
also said she her nursing professors helped her make
this dream come true through both the education they
provided and their encouragement.
“I remember them saying, ‘If you want to go to Johns
Hopkins, apply because you can do it. Your education
is as good as any other new graduates,’ she said.
“Amen to that. I have had a wonderful education, and
I realize that each day as I am going through my
In addition to working at Johns Hopkins, her future
plans include pursuing a master’s degree, which the
hospital encourages with a tuition assistance
program. She also hopes to be involved in
international missions, which Johns Hopkins also
“Rose being hired at Johns Hopkins speaks to the
strong preparation our students receive,” said Dr.
Sheila Adams, dean of the College of Nursing and
Speech-Language Pathology. “She is an extremely
caring and hard working young professional.”
MUW’s nursing department offers three degree
programs: the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN),
the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). All three
programs hold state accreditation from the Board of
Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
The BSN and MSN programs are accredited by
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the
ASN program is accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission.
For more information about MUW’s nursing programs,
please contact the Office of Admissions at (662)
329-7106 or visit the web at