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GEM Student Profile: Akiko Moorman

Program: Master's Entry in Nursing for Non-Nurses: Clinical Nurse Leader

Akiko Moorman thought of baloney as an exotic food when she was growing up in seafood-rich Alaska. Before long, she was assisting celebrity chefs in New York and running a Michelin star-rated restaurant in Chicago. A career in nursing wasn’t exactly a natural next step.

But despite her restaurant success, Moorman enrolled in the Generalist Entry Master’s program at Rush University College of Nursing in fall 2019 to follow her dream. Shortly after, she was using her nursing education to help keep her restaurant and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you’re in a place where your current career is not invigorating, if this pandemic has affected you in a negative way and you want to do something about that — then yes, do it. It is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. The connections I make with patients are so fulfilling. There’s nothing else that I can think of that would bring me this level of satisfaction.”

Akiko recently shared her event-filled journey and how she plans to join her passion for nursing with the food industry. Learn more about her path to Rush.