Alexandra Woods brings diversity to ONU Law. She is a nurse looking to work in medical law. Her experiences allow her to provide a different perspective than many of her peers. She helps other students to realize that they have more options in the legal field than what they may have realized before. “There are so many different avenues that you can take,” she says. “Whether it’s in compliance, the medical field or research, there’s so many things outside of what you see in the movies.” Pursuing law as a nurse has been very fulfilling and has helped her gain the confidence to follow her passions and explore new things.
Alexandra was able to extern with the director of the legal department in compliance at Blanchard Valley Health System, who is an Ohio Northern alumnus and professor of medical law. The experience has helped to solidify her idea of what she wants to do post-graduation. She is interested in compliance within health systems rather than working trials. Because she is familiar with the clinical side of patient care as well as the legal side, she is able to view cases from every perspective. She believes in improving the health care system so that patient care is not sacrificed in the frenzy of rules and regulations. “By combining the medical field and law, I want to try to make a difference.”