January 11, 2006

Outwit, outplay, outlast: "Survivor" cast member, a Bolton School alumna, meets Case's next generation of nurses

In the jungles and Mayan ruins of Guatemala, Margaret Bobonich, MSN '00, endured mud, mosquitoes and triple-digit heat—and lived among 15 strangers who put a target on her back—in the hopes of winning a $1 million prize. But when she visited the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in November for the school's Fall 2005 Nursing Career Connections event, she didn't mention a word about being a cast member on the CBS reality show "Survivor: Guatemala—The Maya Empire." That was by design. Her objective was only to talk to the next generation of nurses about a profession she loves and "has so much to offer."

The fact is, Bobonich did appear on "Survivor." She spent nearly a month in the Guatemalan rainforests before being voted off by her tribe mates, six weeks into the popular TV series. She returned home to Chardon, Ohio, in August to her husband, Steve, and her two sons, Mike and Chase.

And she was a big hit with the nursing students when she dispensed advice about their chosen career path.

"I love life, I love my family and I love what I do," Bobonich told the gathering of students and alumni. "Nursing has so much to offer. You need to find your own niche within nursing—then you will blossom. Sometimes your experiences will be overwhelming, but through networking with your colleagues, you will learn to help each other along. You're only going to get out of this education what you take from it."

A family nurse practitioner at Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Bobonich spent the first 16 years of her career in trauma and flight nursing before receiving her master's degree at the Bolton School in 2000. In fact, Bobonich says, her family was moving and "part of the reason we chose Cleveland was because I wanted to get my master's at Case Western Reserve University and the Bolton School of Nursing."

For more information: Laura M. Massie (216)-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, January 11, 2006 04:04 PM | News Topics: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

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