I have been a manicurist for 28 years, but two years ago I decide to change careers and began attending Butler Community College to pursue a career in nursing. My mom has been a nurse for most of my life and she was instrumental in encouraging me to change careers and pursue a nursing degree, and my husband was the one who gave me the encouragement that I needed to take the jump and just do it.
Once I completed my prerequisite courses, I started looking at schools where I could receive a BSN degree. I came to Hesston to look at the nursing program and the minute that I meet Bonnie, the director of the nursing program, I knew Hesston was the college for me. Being a non-traditional student can be difficult at times due to my commute from Goddard, which is an hour from Hesston. School takes up most of my free time but when I do have time I spend it with family and attend church activities. I direct the kids choir at my church and teach Sunday school on a regular basis.
I love gardening and have a perennial flower garden and Koi pond; the flowers and Koi are a passion that my husband, Jeff, and I treasure. I have three children and six grandchildren. When nursing school is
over I plan on spending more time with all of them. Even though I am an older, nontraditional student I have felt welcomed by my fellow students and have enjoyed getting to know many of them. I spend a lot of time in study groups and clinicals with my fellow nursing students and have enjoyed the relationships that have developed this last year. I encourage any student that is seeking a nursing degree to come to Hesston because, in my opinion, it is the best program in the state of Kansas. The Christian values and small atmosphere here at Hesston are worth the drive.