Katie Cline is a familiar face to many at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. As a Junior in the four-year undergraduate program, she is a hard-working student who balances her studies, as well as a part-time job at Charlie’s Java Jolt. Katie has wanted to be a nurse since the age of five, despite none of her family members being involved in healthcare. “I think that it is my destiny to be a nurse, that it is God’s plan. He wants me to be a nurse so that I can impact other people’s lives.”
Katie is able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse without the added stress of having to fund all of her education thanks to the generous donors who have contributed to the MCCN scholarship program. “When I look at the scholarship, I don’t just see dollar amounts, I see less stress on me so I can become the best nurse that I can be.” She wants the donors to know that they are making a huge impact when they give the gift of education.
Derek Hadinger’s journey to Mount Carmel College of Nursing was a little more unconventional than most. Starting his academic career in art education, Derek soon realized that he wanted to be in a field that aligned with his spiritual values. Nursing was a prominent part of Derek’s life, as his mother was a nurse and his brother worked in the healthcare field, so Derek began to look into pursuing his degree in nursing. “There was no other school I wanted to go to,” Mount Carmel College of Nursing was the only option for Derek. He cites his Christian faith as a strong influencer for this decision.
With many years of school under his belt, Derek struggled to get financial aid for this new stage of his education. Without the help of the MCCN scholarships, he knows that he would not be here today, and he is happy to share his gratitude with our donors. Derek cites his background in art and music as one of his biggest strengths in the nursing field, which he is already using to help him in clinicals. He would like to incorporate it into his practice once he is an official Registered Nurse (RN).
Tina Marie Cerra
Tina Marie Cerra’s passion for Mount Carmel College of Nursing is almost contagious. As an unconventional three-year student, Tina Marie has worked hard to become a nurse, a profession that she has always felt was meant for her. Before she joined the Mount Carmel family, Tina Marie spent a number of years engaged in humanitarian work in Israel, demonstrating her compassion for helping people early on. During a visit with family, Tina Marie was encouraged on multiple occasions to look into starting a career in healthcare, where she could continue her mission of giving back. After exploring multiple Second Degree programs, Tina Marie found MCCN’s website and attended an open house for the SDAP program. Deciding to instead return for a three-year program, Tina Marie cites that this journey would not have been possible without the help of the generous donors who fund the scholarship program. “Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill a dream.”
She is not only grateful for the generosity of our donors, but also for the amazing support of the faculty and staff at MCCN. “They without a doubt were part of my success here. They were peers, they were willing to speak to me and if I wanted to listen, they were willing to share things that would help me as a student and in my profession and practice. One of my most memorable moments here at Mount Carmel was my interaction with staff and faculty. ”
Colton Clay decided that he wanted to be a nurse when he was still in high school. As a teenager, Clay was often ill and credits the healthcare professionals who helped him to get well as the main reason for his career choice. With a sister who is also in healthcare, Colton had a lot of resources available to help him make his choice. He chose Mount Carmel because of his Christian background and his desire to serve others.
He is grateful for his scholarships that relieved him of financial stress and allowed him the experiences that he has had at MCCN. “They have allowed me to focus on my schooling instead of having to worry about finances. With the aid that I received, I have been able to be more flexible, which is definitely reflected in my grades.” Colton’s fondest memory at MCCN is his Sophomore Pinning ceremony, where it “all started” for him. He is grateful to work in direct patient care now and to be able to “pursue such a noble profession.”
Stephen Pearson is a recent graduate of the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Stephen originally graduated from The Ohio State University with his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology/Biological Sciences. Less than a year later, Stephen was enrolled in SDAP at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, where his father is employed at the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library. Stephen’s most memorable moments at Mount Carmel were his first and last days of clinicals. “It’s amazing to look back at my first day, at how nervous and unsure I was, compared to the last day and how much I grew in between those times and how much Mount Carmel helped me to grow.” Stephen also met his fiancé in the SDAP program at MCCN!
Brittany Wicker started at Mount Carmel College of Nursing right out of high school with no doubt that nursing was the career that she wanted to pursue. Brittany has worked hard to become a nurse, something that she always knew she wanted to do, but not without the help of donors. “If it wasn’t for the donors, I wouldn’t be here. It relieves stress to not have to work an extra shift or have to find some way to come up with the money to go to school. Every little bit means the world.”
Brittany’s fondest memory is her first day of clinicals, where she remembers feeling nervous and worried. Brittany now says that “Once you actually get in there, you realize that you’re not alone. Coming to where I am now, I realize I had nothing to worry about. I was prepared from Sophomore year on to care for somebody.” She says that she could not have gotten this far without the generosity of those who contributed to her scholarship and is so grateful to all of the donors who have made it possible for her to “finish the race.”