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NCIN Scholars Join Medical College of Georgia Hospital Staff
Eric Cockrell was teaching pre-nursing to 10th-12th graders and wanted his students to leave his class as Certified Nurse Assistants – but first he needed his nursing degree. “Since I already had a bachelor’s degree, I didn’t want to do another bachelor’s for nursing. Then I saw the Clinical Nurse Leader program at MCG, which is a 16-month master’s program.” Once at MCG, his professors encouraged him to apply for the NCIN scholarship.
Kimberly May was a sports information director before enrolling in nursing school. “I always wanted to be a nurse,” she said, but until she had to care for a sick aunt, had not found the inspiration to follow that path. “She told me I’d make a great nurse, so I went for it.” The transition back to school wasn’t difficult for Kim, because it was what she wanted to do. Furthermore, her bachelor’s in biology and master’s in rehabilitation had prepared her for nursing.
Post-graduation, both Eric and Kim are working at the Medical College of Georgia. Eric is an operating room staff nurse, but plans to return to teaching after a few years of clinical experience. Kim is a nurse in the Oncology division.
“Eric and Kim were model students who attended class regularly and were always engaged in their clinical and lab experiences,” according to Annette Bourgault, the Clinical Nurse Leader program director at MCG. “They developed recruitment strategies as RWJ Scholars and we are confident that they continue to be ambassadors for the Clinical Nurse Leader program now that they are successfully employed as nurses at MCG Health.”