Kent Prepared Me for a Very Diverse Career
I was a part of the second graduation class from Kent. Those were the days when nurses wore a cap and I still have mine! Clinical experience was in Cleveland and we boarded a bus very early in the morning for a ride to St. Luke's Hospital, which I believe is now no longer there. Everyone knew who the nursing students were because in the winter we hung our alley cats outside our windows that we dissected in anatomy class.
Kent prepared me for a very diverse career. A counselor advised me to spend the first two years of my career at the bedside to sharpen and ground my basic skills, which today I consider very sound advice. The first half of my career was on a medical surgical floor, cardiac intensive care, followed by a leadership position over cardiac rehabilitation. This prepared me to take on the role of Patient Experience Coordinator at my local community hospital in 2005 and be involved in shaping culture around putting the patient at the center of everything we do. I then moved to work for an organization called Planetree, a leader in changing Patient Experience. Currently I work for the Baird-Group, a company founded by a nurse, dedicated to nursing in order to help grow and develop communication and leadership skill sets.