“You never stop learning,” says Brigid Donohue, RN, MBA, and information services applications supervisor at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. “Or you could say that I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” she adds, only half-joking, to explain her lifelong quest to learn about new areas and adapt her career to her interests.
Donohue started with a one-year program that trained her to be a respiratory therapist, a vocation she practiced for 13 years. In 1992 she completed a two-year program in registered nursing and began working as a nurse. In 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in health arts. Deciding to spread her wings even wider she earned an MBA from National-Louis University in 2004. “I saw that as a way to branch off into other areas,” says Donohue, who by that time had become interested in information technology. “Health care informatics is growing by leaps and bounds,” says Donohue, “and I wanted to be in on the ground floor.”
But Donohue had her eye on yet another goal, becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management, a credential issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI). When she discovered that Northwestern was a registered education provider for the PMI and that enrolling in its Project Management program would prepare her for certification, she signed up for more coursework.
“My instructors at Northwestern, Qung Go and Dan Baumgartner, were excellent,” says Donohue. “They illustrated the required information with their own personal experiences. I couldn’t have asked for better classes.” Donohue liked that the class addressed customer relations, an important part of project management.
Donohue has already applied what she learned at Northwestern to her work. “Our organization is growing and moving to a new site in three years, and technology