Nursing student scores in top 10 percent of the nation
by STEVE LeMASTER
PIKEVILLE — Melinda Shepherd, a graduate from the Pikeville campus of National College, has been hired as a registered nurse by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) after scoring in the top 10 percent of the nation on the Kaplan Exit Exam which she sat for at the conclusion of her nursing program at National College.
Before coming to National, Melinda was taking some time off of work to stay at home with her baby when a friend told her about the great experience that she’d had in the nursing program at National. “The classes were smaller than I’ve heard the other nursing program classes to be around the area and it seemed that I could get help when I needed [it],” recalled Melinda.
Two years later, Melinda has completed her associate’s degree program and now has a fulfilling career working on a surgical wing at PMC. “I like the fact that I can help people and make people feel better,” Melinda said of her job where she provides care to post-op and bariatric patients.
She feels well prepared for her duties as an RN thanks to nurse administrator Shirley Goff and her instructors. “Shirley’s just an inspiration. She’s so very smart,” said Melinda. “All of the instructors are great. Each one is someone that we can look up to.”
Melinda is continuing her education in the bachelor of nursing program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
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