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Julie Soule

Julie Soule, assistant professor of nursing and director of the weekend nursing option, has always had a passion for education. After many years in the nursing field, Julie has found the best of both worlds as she parlayed her impressive nursing background into a teaching career, helping to shape the nurses of the future. 

Julie graduated with a baccalaureate degree from Syracuse University’s School of Nursing before going on to earn a master’s degree from SUNY Upstate Medical as a clinical nurse specialist with a minor in education. After working in critical care for many years, Julie began working as a traveling nurse out of Upstate Medical’s level one trauma center. Later, she went on to manage Upstate’s emergency department for six years. Her stories from her days as a nurse are nothing short of remarkable.

Julie’s leadership skills and reputation for providing excellent care have always been well known in our area. During her time managing the intensive care unit at Samaritan Medical Center, an ice storm knocked out the hospital’s power. Julie and her team worked tirelessly to keep nine patient’s ventilators going, an astute challenge, especially with backup generators flickering on and off. Even in difficult situations like this, Julie was known for her ability to manage a team that provided outstanding and safe patient care. She was called upon again when President Bill Clinton visited.  Julie was among the team of doctors and nurses appointed to care for the President should he need medical attention.

The same hard work and pride in providing excellent quality and safe patient care that helped Julie excel in her nursing career is something that she strives to instill in her students. The opportunity for Julie to begin a teaching career at Jefferson presented itself at just the right time. “There was no other time in my life when I would have been able to do this,” she said in reference to managing Jefferson’s weekend nursing option.

Jefferson’s weekend nursing option was originally designed with practicing licensed practical nurses (LPN) in mind, allowing them to further their educations and become registered nurses (RN). However, the program draws from a wide demographic and allows those who need to work either full or part time, or students with certain childcare needs, to take their classes Friday through Sunday. The weekend nursing students spend every other weekend for two years tackling the same rigorous coursework, hours of labs, lectures and clinicals that the traditional program students do.  

When asked what she loves most about her job it is no surprise to hear Julie say, her students. “These are my trophies,” she says, gesturing toward a bookcase covered with framed photos of students that have come through the weekend nursing option. “My students are like family,” she says. For Julie, watching her students grow and learn how to be excellent caregivers is among her greatest professional accomplishments. Her number one goal is student success and to produce safe, top notch nurses. The level of difficulty makes the weekend nursing option intense, but watching students learn, grow and succeed is the most rewarding part of her job.