Nicole Elwell: Living the Nursing Dream


How many of us have dreamed of finding a career that takes us around the world? Alumni Nicole Elwell has done just that after completing Linfield’s Online RN to BSN program.

When Nicole Elwell graduated from Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education program in the summer of 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she was looking forward to seeing what new doors would open up in her career.  Recently, she got her answer when she accepted the opportunity to work with Open Arms International, an organization that provides emotional and medical relief to African villages. This summer, Nicole will be living out her dreams and putting her nursing skills and knowledge to work in Kenya where she will be helping the medical teams in their new  facilities and providing care to the orphans in the village.

Now you may be asking yourself, how did Nicole get this opportunity? Before starting her BSN, Nicole noticed that more employers were requiring nurses to have a bachelors or to be in the process of earning a bachelors. So Nicole took action and turned to Linfield’s Online RN to BSN program. When Nicole was weighing her options to obtain her BSN, she chose Linfield because the online option worked well with her schedule and the unique study abroad opportunities were perfectly tailored to her ambitions.

While earning her BSN Nicole was like many of our OCE students, also balancing life and work obligations. Despite the many things on her plate, Nicole was also able to take advantage of Linfield’s incredible international service learning opportunities within the RN to BSN program and studied in Peru while earning her BSN.

According to her advisor, Joanne Swenson, “Nicole hit some bumps in the road of life during her time at Linfield but she persisted and was successful in earning her BSN. I admire her tenacity as she follows her passion of working with medical teams and caring for orphans in Kenya.”

Nicole was able to achieve her educational ambitions due to her focus, hard work and a little help now and again from Linfield faculty and staff.  When asked about her professors, Nicole says “All of them were supportive and dedicated to helping students learn.”

The admiration and respect are mutual.  “Nicole is a perfect example of how our students transform their careers as a result of advancing their nursing education,” says professor Melissa Robinson, PhD, RN. “We continue to be inspired by the many ways that our Linfield RN to BSN graduates go on to impact health in our community, globally. Nicole has a very bright future!”

With that bright future now filled with exciting opportunities, Nicole knows that attaining her BSN “was a solid investment and one I know I will be benefiting from the rest of my life.”

Are you looking to take the next step in your nursing career? Check out Linfield’s fully online RN to BSN program at  (From now until May 14, RN to BSN applicants can apply for free!)