Take on the Challenge: Meet Allison Arnold, 2024 PNW Graduate

Allison Arnold, 24, has a knack for remaining calm under pressure. Whether it’s making key defensive plays as a center fielder for PNW Pride Softball or preparing to embark on a fast-paced nursing career, she can stay cool as a cucumber.

Arnold is completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the College of Nursing in PNW. Her goal is to start as a nurse in the emergency room or intensive care unit (ICU). Ultimately, she wants to continue her education with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or even a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

At PNW, Arnold played with Pride Softball and served on the PNW Athletics Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC).

“My advice to student-athletes is that it’s never too difficult to be involved in both your sport and your school,” Arnold said. “If it’s something you’re passionate about, you can do both.”

How did your interest in nursing begin?

“My mother is a nurse practitioner. When I was little, I wanted to be like my mother, so that was my motivation to become a nurse. I am drawn to healthcare in general. I just have a caring and helpful personality, and I always want to help someone if they are hurt. My siblings would say I care a lot. I’m a triplet and I’ve always been the leader among us, like taking care of someone when they got sick.

“I chose nursing at Purdue Northwest because I also wanted to play softball at a high level, and PNW was one of the schools that allowed me to do both.”

What did you like most about your program?

“The connections we have with local hospitals. We have so many fantastic hospital systems throughout Northwest Indiana. No matter which direction you go, there is a hospital. And you can cross the state line and we have access to hospitals in Illinois. These connections can change your life. If you’re in a rural nursing program, you likely won’t have access to the same large hospitals.

What did you like most about PNW?

“Everywhere you go, there are resources, whether it’s student housing, academic tutors, professors willing to help you, peer athletic mentors. Our coaches are also the greatest support system you could ask for.

Did you have a pivotal experience participating in PNW?

“Being part of SAAC and trunk-or-treating with the community meant a lot because you’re doing something impactful, powerful and fun for a community that needs it. With PNW being located in the middle of Hammond, we help build relationships with our school and the city. Trunk-or-treat creates a safe environment for families going out, and they love it.

What advice would you share with future students?

“Make connections and use your resources. If you use mentors and all the materials your teachers give you, you will be largely successful. If you make connections or get involved in a committee or club, you can make a group of friends and find like-minded people.

Is there anyone at PNW who has inspired or encouraged you along your journey?

Tristan Zink


“She has helped me more than anyone in my studies, my personal life and softball. She was a great support to me throughout my experience. She is awesome.”