Graduate's Dream Becomes Reality Following Excellent Externship Performance
Feb 24, 2015
After graduating from the Madison Campus in the fall of 2014, Keiara Butler’s dream of working in the medical field came true when she was hired to work as a registered medical assistant in the cardiology clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.
Just a few short years ago, Keiara was working in a local restaurant when she made the decision to continue her education. She came to National College at the recommendation of her pastor, and with drive, determination, and the support of her instructors, she excelled in her medical assisting program.
“The teachers were always pushing me to stay in school and never give up,” Keiara recalled. “Everybody took time to teach you everything, and if I had a problem, I was able to go to somebody and they took care of it.”
As part of her program, Keiara was placed in an externship in the developmental medicine clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she gained experience working as part of the medical team. “I got to be hands-on with the doctors, and they were able to tell me what they needed, and what they didn’t need, and steer me in the right way,” she explained.
As she neared graduation, her preceptor took notice of her skills and dedication and recommended Keiara for a job in the cardiology clinic.
Now working as a registered medical assistant in the clinic, Keiara has a wide range of responsibilities, including conducting electrocardiograms (EKGs). “I’m actually assigned a pager, and I’m contacted to do EKGs throughout the hospital,” she said.
Whether conducting EKGs or taking vitals, Keiara enjoys caring for her patients, and most of all she loves seeing them smile. “I’ve always loved kids, so when I found out that I was going to be able to work here, it was incredible,” she stated. “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so I feel like I’ve made it.”
A- Keiara Butler has a variety of responsibilities working as a registered medical assistant at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, including conducting EKGs on patients throughout the hospital.
B- Keiara received ongoing support from her instructors at the Madison Campus, which enabled her to excel in her medical assisting program.
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