Who Am I?
Hello, I am Jeff Maler, a Senior in the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
I graduated 3 years ago from Bellbrook High School, which is located in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. I don’t necessarily consider it home. As a military brat, I moved around quite often, in fact I have moved 7 different times. I have lived in Dover DE, Canon NM, Las Vegas NV, Lajes Field Azores Portugal, Colorado Springs CO, Bellbrook OH and most recently Cincinnati OH. Defining where I am from, like many other military brats, is hard to do. If I had to choose I place however, it would be the Azores Portugal. I lived in Portugal for 6 years and during the most influential parts of my life. For me I feel more at home in Portugal than I do in the US (when I moved back it took a lot of adjusting to American culture). At the end of the day however, home is where my family is…
Here at UC I am part of a multitude of different student organizations and clubs including, Army ROTC, Honors Ambassadors, CoN Ambassadors, iCoN Ambassador, UC Men in Nursing, Student Nurses Association, Nursing Tribunal, UC Running Club, CoN Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Student Government, the Honors Program and the University Honors Association. As you can see, I am very active in both in the College of Nursing and at UC in general.
Why did I choose to become a nurse? I get this question more than people would believe, especially as a male in nursing. The simple answer is I love helping people. I find myself most relaxed and comfortable when helping others and nursing allows me to do that. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” These are words I live by and influence my choices. So when people ask me why, it’s because I believe in impacting at least one person’s life no matter how small could change the world. With nursing, I can literally help people breathe easier.
Another question I see a lot is “why not become a doctor.” This question is actually weird for me to answer because I do plan to become a doctor, just not the doctor you are expecting. At some point in my academic and professional career, I hope to obtain my doctorate whether it is a DNP or PhD. The next question would be there “why not just be a MD?” As a nurse I can make personal connections with my patients, look at them holistically, and provide for all of their needs not just write a medical diagnosis. Plus obtaining a MD is boring, you have to complete an undergraduate degree then go to medical school then residency then intern. By the time, you’re done your 35, burn out and drowning in debt. As a nurse, I can get my BSN, start working then work toward by DNP/PhD and not have to worry about residency or internship. The knowledge and experience I will gain along the way will be far more valuable than an MD. Plus nurses can do anything. I can work in a hospital, in a clinic, in an office building, in a school, on a cruise ship, on a plane and so much more. There is so much opportunity in the nursing field I could envision myself doing anything else.
My future plans have changed dramatically in the last three years. When I started at UC I thought I wanted to pursue a career as an US Army Nurse Anesthetist. That plan however changed dramatically as I learned more about nursing. Within a few weeks of starting school I was invited to come to an informational session about nursing research. Prior to this I never knew nurses did research; I thought some doctor does all that work. I was surprised to learn that nurses do a great deal of research and it is a quickly growing field. Therefore my plan has moved from pursing a DNP to instead pursue a PhD when I graduate in the spring of 2016. As a member of the Army ROTC program I didn’t think it would be possible to pursue further education right way. The Army ROTC program is unique that it allows participates to decide whether to go active duty or reserves. With the goal of pursing my PhD I have decided to pursue the reserve route. I have already found an amazing unit in Twinsburg, Ohio. This unit is a forward surgical team, a small 20 man/women team that provides interventional care on the battlefield. My end goal is to one day become an educator, research, clinician and if I am lucky a dean of a College of Nursing.
But for now I am going to take advantage of college and live it up. I am going to continue traveling the world (I have been to 5.5 countries since coming to college), spending time with my friends, getting good grades and must of all RUN….
Birth Place: Dover, Delaware
Locations lived: Dover, Delaware, Cannon, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, Lajes Field Azores, Portugal, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bellbrook, Ohio, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Countries I've visited: Portugal, France, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein,South Africa, China and Egypt.
College: University of Cincinnati
Clubs: Army ROTC, Honors, University Honors Association, AROTC Runny Club, Student Nurse Association (Sophomore Class Rep) , Men in Nursing (President Elect) and a few others.
Scholarships: 3.5 Year Nursing Army Rotc, Cincinnatus, Wright-Patterson Educational Fund, Bellbrook Wellness, Nursing Scholarship