Graduate Takes Career to the Next Level as a Nurse
Jul 24, 2012
Andrea Stump (pictured) is continuing a tradition of nursing started by her mother as she begins her new career as a registered nurse at Pikeville Medical Center. “My mom worked up there for years and years. I always said I felt like I grew up in that hospital,” recalled Andrea, who graduated from the Pikeville Campus nursing program in May.
The single mother had been working as a certified medical assistant for seven years when she decided that she wanted to take her career to the next level. Her mother, who had graduated from nursing school with Shirley Goff, the campus’s nursing administrator, encouraged Andrea to check in to the nursing program at National because she knew that it took just two years to complete and that it offered night classes for those who continued to work while in school.
Andrea said that she feels well prepared for her new career. “My preceptor had to fill out an evaluation and she said that I did really great—that I was going to be an asset to the nursing community. That made me feel really good because I love this field,” she shared.
She’s proud to have completed her degree and to have gained employment with a hospital that offers great pay and benefits. “You can support your family; it’s just me and my daughter [and]we’re going to be fine,” she said. “There’s just so many opportunities—this is just the beginning. I’ve prepared for this for so long…I’m just ready to go as far as I can go.”
Medical: Nursing - Associate Degree (ADN)