My name is Mrs. Cruse and this is my first year as the high school nurse and teaching the health science courses to prepare students for careers in health care. Health care is one of the fastest growing professions right along with information technology and these students are the future. I have been a registered nurse for 23 years and received my undergraduate degrees from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. I received my Masters in Nursing education in May, 2017 at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. I am married, live in Blair, Nebraska, and I have two boys at home that are 13 and 15. My step-daughters are attending UNO pursuing health careers. I have experience with rural hospital care, long-term care, and insurance management. My "why" or reason for being in this position is to help students to set goals, meet goals, and support students as they transition to the future. I am proud to be a part of the Missouri Valley, Iowa community.