#ABetterU: Drexel University Online Graduate Joseph Anton on Learning and Teaching Nursing Leadership Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Joseph Anton has always had a passion for nursing and health care. For 15 years he channeled that passion through his various roles with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2009, however, Anton decided that he wanted to take his career to the next level, and he knew he would need a graduate degree to do so.“I wanted to be better at my job. I still have a passion for nursing, but I realized I could have an even greater impact on the 115,000 people who come through Jefferson’s doors every year,” said Anton.As a working professional with experience in nursing, Anton sought a curriculum specific to nursing and health care that could leverage his clinical experience and give him new leadership skills; a nursing degree steeped in management training. He found an ideal match for his education needs in Drexel University’s online Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management program.In the MSN program, Anton learned valuable problem-solving, decision-making and conflict-resolution skills, as well as ways to address legal and ethical issues, and operationalize the mission and goals of health care delivery organizations.When a senior position opened up at Jefferson University Hospital just as Anton was finishing his degree in 2012, he knew he’d obtained the knowledge and training needed to go for the position he now holds.“I’m lucky to work for the same organization where I started my career,” said Anton.Anton now serves as Jefferson University Hospital’s vice president of clinical and support services and as an adjunct professor, teaching a course in the Drexel online program he once graduated from.“I think I’m able to provide some real insight having gone through the same curriculum. A lot of students have similar career aspirations to me when I was enrolled,” said Anton. “I’m enjoying the other side.”To be featured as our next student or alumni in our #ABetterU series, please email Queen Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org.