Bri Andrassy

Bri AndrassyMajor: Nursing, Master's, Doctorate
Hometown: Juno Beach, FL

Describe your current job role:

I teach undergraduate nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Currently I teach health assessment and tech skills. I instruct clinically for psychiatric nursing and community nursing.  My husband Robbie (PBA Alumni) and I have taken undergraduate and graduate nursing students to El Salvador for the past 4 years on a medical mission trip. This March will be our 5th spring break trip.  I am a semi-pro standup paddleboard angler. I also host Facing Waves, a paddle series TV show on Fox Sports.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I worked as a medical surgical registered nurse at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. I worked as a Pediatric Psychiatric registered nurse at Sandy Pines Residential Treatment Center.  I have been involved in overseas missions for over 10 years.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

It doesn’t get easier. Just because you are not being tested on course material does not mean that you stop studying. You acquire a new responsibility for the content learned during your academic career. It’s no longer case studies and scenarios; it is now a human life that has been entrusted to your care and your decisions and ability to critically think impact that life.

"Just because you are not being tested on course material does not mean that you stop studying."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

As hard as nursing school was for me, I can now look back and appreciate PBA’s rigorous program. PBA School of Nursing prepared me to survive in a chaotic and stressful environment. I was taught to not only see my patient as a person but to see them as a person that was made in the image of God, a person that has infinite value in the eyes of our Creator.  That worldview has made all the difference when faced with difficult decisions and the need for personal sacrifice. I definitely had a solid foundation to build on.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

I would tell them that in whatever they do let it be done in such a way that brings glory to God. Be willing to be corrected, seek after advice from peers and mentors in your field, and never stop learning.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

I was mentored by a nurse practitioner when I first started out as a registered nurse. She gave wonderful advice and encouraged me to continue to pursue my academic goals. Come December I will be at the end of my academic journey.

Spotlight posted in November 2017. For current updates from Bri, visit her LinkedIn page.