Shylebra Collins Finds Direction Early in Life
Sep 11, 2012
At an age when many are still trying to find direction in their life, Shylebra Collins, a graduate from the Pikeville Campus, is working as a registered nurse at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). She started the National College nursing program right after high school and two short years later graduated with her associate’s degree. “I was really proud of myself—at age 21 to be an RN,” Shylebra said. She used many resources to help pay for her education including the Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship (KEES) and the Kentucky College Access Program.
Although the nursing program was difficult, Shylebra said that her instructors made all the difference in helping her make it through. “They would come one-on-one and help you if you needed something. They actually treated you like family, not just a student,” she said. They also equipped her with the knowledge that she needed to pass the nursing board exam. “If I didn’t pass my boards, those two years were pretty much for nothing. When I got in there, I felt like I was completely prepared… and that is because of my instructors.”
She applied at PMC as graduation neared and she was quickly hired along with others from her class. “We have a very good program and we’ve got a good reputation,” she said adding that the staff at PMC is familiar with National College because nursing students perform their clinical rotations there. “I knew that they needed nurses everywhere but I didn’t know that I’d be able to get a job that quickly—especially being a new nurse, a new graduate, not having any experience.”
Shylebra is finding fulfillment in her career as a registered nurse stationed on the oncology wing at PMC. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, ever since I was little. I just like being able to help people.” In addition to working at PMC, she is also working towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “[National College] set me up for life with this education. I don’t have to worry about anything. ”
In the bottom photo, Shylebra Collins is pictured speaking during the Pikeville Campus’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony that was held on May 22.