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Nursing

Spotlights

PCC graduates and students use their training in remarkable ways. Read about how God is using them in their field of study.

PCC’s nursing program provides over 940 hours of clinical training, preparing students to serve the Lord in various healthcare roles, including medical-surgical nursing, critical care, hospice, pediatrics, maternity, public health, and missionary nursing.

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Jason Bain

Jason Bain (’98 grad)

  • Board Certified Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Old Dominion University

“PCC’s nursing program ranks up there with the best in the nation. I was extremely prepared to begin graduate school after attending PCC and working as a nurse for a couple of years. The nursing program at PCC gave me a very good grasp on the anatomy and physiology of the human body, biology, chemistry, and the art of nursing, and it laid the foundation for discerning the reason for the patient’s symptoms—which was the focal aspect of my graduate training.

“The standard of excellence that is maintained by the nursing professors, and by PCC in general, prepared me for the long hours of study that is required for graduate school, and I have tried to maintain that standard of excellence as I see patients as a nurse practitioner. Also, the extensive in-office and in-hospital clinical experience and the large number of clinical hours that I put in during my years at PCC gave me an edge over many of the other new grads seeking employment. I was able to start working in an intensive care unit in Virginia Beach, VA, just one month after graduation.”

Christina Elliott (’02 B.S.N. grad, ’06 M.S.N. grad)

“Before I got married, I taught nursing. PCC’s strong academic standards and varied clinical experiences during my nursing school days provided me with the knowledge base necessary to help train others to serve the Lord as nurses.

“My favorite part of nursing is helping people. I grew up on the mission field out in the jungle where the nearest doctor was an hour’s flight away. As a young child, God gave me the desire to help people through nursing. I went to PCC to train as a nurse, expecting to use this training on the mission field. Instead, the Lord allowed me to help teach others to become nurses so that they might be a help to their patients.”

Nancy Pontes

Nancy Pontes (’85 grad)

After graduating from PCC’s nursing program in 1985, Nancy (Hurley) Pontes went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. In her lifelong career, she has been published in nine nursing journals and reviews and has presented her findings in eighteen speaking engagements across the United States and internationally in places like Hong Kong, Barcelona, and South Africa.

But through all of her experiences over the past three decades, one thing has remained—her passion for nursing. “Since I was four, I had a passion to become a nurse—and it still burns strong in my being,” she said. “God instilled a tender heart in me for those who are most vulnerable, marginalized, victimized, and underserved. Because of the love I have experienced from God and His unconditional mercy, I can pour that out to others.”

That outpouring of love has brought Nancy national acclaim from the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a government organization that advises the United States on health care delivery within the States and internationally.

During the NAP’s annual conference, Nancy was honored as a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice, a fellowship she received for her outstanding contributions and achievements as a health care leader, educator, researcher, and practitioner.

Nancy believes her strong ethics as a nurse have come from her background and training. Growing up in a remote area of Peru, Nancy watched as nurses administered measles vaccinations and provided basic health care services to the indigenous people in the jungle region of Amazonas. Her multicultural upbringing and marriage to an Indo-Portuguese husband have encouraged her international adventures.

After her sophomore year in PCC’s nursing program, she started working internationally with a variety of mission, health, and university organizations doing short-term nursing work. “Now, nothing is more rewarding than taking students on these same types of learning abroad experiences,” said Nancy.

Her training at PCC helped prepare her for her current work as both an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden and a family nurse practitioner with a satellite clinic called Project Hope, a federally qualified health center.

“PCC taught me how to study and discipline myself; it fed my deep curiosity for things related to nursing and health,” said Nancy. “At times, my training was stressful because they had a high standard. I remember the thrill and relief of finishing a day of clinical in the hospital. I also remember having to write a thesis proposal as an undergraduate that really prepared me for my master’s thesis at University of Florida and my Ph.D. work at Columbia University.”

Since completing her degrees, Nancy has served on the executive board of the New Jersey College Health Association and as a certified disaster response crisis counselor for New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Services. She has also worked and conducted research internationally in places like Colombia, India, and Peru.

Currently, she is doing research as the primary investigator on a $550,000 Department of Education grant intended to increase Spanish language education for Rutgers’ nursing students and faculty to study abroad in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Cuba.

“I don’t really see myself as having accomplished that many impressive things, but I have been blessed to have had so many educational, practice, teaching, and research opportunities,” said Nancy. “That is a miracle only God can do!” At the end of the day, Nancy couldn’t imagine spending her time any other way. As she works one on one with patients or their family, she invests her time in what she calls a “Love Presence.”

“I can sit with them as they tell their story of what has happened,” she said. “I can silently pray for them as they open up to me. It is a sacred responsibility and an honor to experience that deep connection.”

Chelsea Mynyk

Chelsea Mynyk (’08 M.S.N. grad)

  • Registered Nurse, Pediatric Floor at Sky Ridge Medical Center
  • Elected for the RN Recognition Program, a program that recognizes various achievements, work ethic, and performance
  • Currently working on submitting two books for publication

“I am thankful for PCC’s graduate program in nursing. The faculty, academics, and learning experiences have enabled me to excel in various leadership roles as a nurse. I have had opportunities to teach other staff members in classes and assist the manager with various projects and tasks.

“As a nurse, providing good quality care for young children is only part of my role. The major part of my role is demonstrating God’s love to the children and their families and providing a listening ear, a caring heart, and a shoulder to cry on. God placed a desire in my heart to nurture and care for children ever since I was young myself. God has led me to a place where I can see not only how He can use my desires but also how I can care for His children.

“My favorite part about working as a pediatric nurse is watching the sick children, amidst their coughing and crying, show a smile, laugh, or giggle at a funny face or silly joke I make. I am reminded of Proverbs 17:22 where it states, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.’”

Jason Bain

James Baskerville (’06 grad)

  • Interventional Radiology Nurse, VA Hospital
  • M.B.A.: Indiana Wesleyan University

“I prayed to God to help me find a job where I could serve patients as well as be able to be in church every Sunday and spend time with my family in the evenings, and He opened the door to this position.

“The PCC nursing clinical program helped me gain experience that has allowed me to have the confidence to work in the critical care unit, which ultimately led me to my current position.”

Brenda Jacobsen, D.O. (’84 grad)

  • Locum Tenens Medical Doctor
  • Pre-Professional Biology degree: University of West Florida
  • Doctor of Osteopathy in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine: University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Honors: Class officer the last two years in medical school, Chief intern during internship

“I received excellent training at PCC, and it really helped in my nursing career. It taught me how to study well, and I definitely have an appreciation for what nurses do! I worked as an RN from 1984 to 1994 (including during the first two years of medical school). I now do traveling medicine (locum tenens) around the nation.”

Chris Callahan

Myarka Fostine (’10 grad)
Registered Nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital

“The nursing program at PCC allows the nursing students to do six weeks of tech work and six weeks of preceptorship the last semester during their senior year. During my tech work rotation, I had the opportunity to introduce myself to one of the nursing managers at the Sacred Heart Hospital and told her about my desire to work on her floor after I graduated. Right before I took my NCLEX exam, the same nurse manager contacted me for an interview. I am very thankful that God has allowed me to get this nursing position.

“The nursing instructors at PCC helped me very much to understand that nursing is not just a profession, but it is also a ministry. In my opinion, by just watching the nursing instructors at PCC, I can testify that they possess a passionate desire to help us students understand nursing concepts and use good nursing judgments at the clinical setting.

“One of the things I like about nursing is that it helps me to take my eyes off myself and look for opportunities to help others. It also reminds me to always lift up my eyes to the hills to ask God for strength and grace to better care for His people.”

Chris Callahan

Christopher Callahan (’03 grad)

  • Relief Charge Nurse in Cardiac Step Down, Boca Raton Community Hospital
  • Youth Director/Pastor’s Assistant, Fort Lauderdale Baptist Church
  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary

“PCC’s nursing program was excellent preparation for the nursing field; one of the most helpful aspects was the preceptorship. The ten weeks of preceptorship (four weeks longer than even the longest of other schools whose students I have worked with) made me ready to be a nurse and confident that I could be a nurse and care for the patients independently, with no instructor to fall back on! The greatest fear of a graduate nurse is, ‘Will I be able to make it as a nurse? Can I function alone, independent of my teachers and preceptors?’ PCC’s program did a great job preparing me and minimized this fear.

“God led me to join Pastor Ryan Price and his wife, Melissa, in starting a church in Fort Lauderdale. I work two days a week as a nurse to pay the bills, but my main calling is with the church. Nursing does provide many opportunities for ministry, and my nursing skills I learned at PCC have often been quite helpful in the ministry!

“My favorite part of being a nurse is being able to make a difference in someone else’s life. Being allowed to be the one God uses to bring healing and comfort to a sick and hurting person is a wonderful blessing!”

Chris Callahan

Aquilla Bec (’99 grad)

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, CareSouth Carolina Pediatrics
  • MSN in Pediatric Primary Care: University of South Alabama

“As a nurse I have never faced unemployment issues, but rather have had too many job opportunities to actually consider. God opened each door so beautifully and provided me a job opportunity even before I had graduated with my master’s.”

Melinda Presson (’04 grad)

  • Missionary in South Africa
  • Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year in 2005

“I am a missionary wife in South Africa in a little village called Mbhokota. I completed half of my nurse practitioner degree (midwifery) at Vanderbilt before I got married and moved to Africa. In the past, I was a staff nurse in ICU at West Florida Hospital and at Vanderbilt Medical Center. I also worked as a travel nurse in the ED at Mercy General in Sacramento, CA. My first job at WFH was obtained because they had student jobs available, and since they like PCC students, they gave me a job between my junior and senior years of college.

“I absolutely love helping people in crisis situations. I love making people laugh when they’re hurting, and I love walking away from a 16-hour shift in the ER knowing that someone got to live today because I came to work.

“The variety of clinical experiences at PCC has proven invaluable. I’m an ICU nurse which means I deal with adults, but here in the village in South Africa, the nurses at the clinic hand me the vaccination vials and I give my own children their immunizations. If it weren’t for the college immunization clinics I went to, I’d be lost.

“PCC’s nursing program taught us a plethora of material and then gave challenging tests to be sure we absorbed it all. I can’t tell you how many standardized tests I took during which I found myself referring back to my college classes, and this was years after graduation. When people say PCC’s program is great, they’re not kidding!”

David Mulkey

David Mulkey (’11 grad)
Surgical Intensive Care, Baptist Hospital (FL)

David Mulkey (’11) started working in Surgical Intensive Care at Baptist Hospital Pensacola shortly after graduation, largely because of the outstanding reputation of PCC’s nursing program. Over the next two years, Mulkey’s manager noticed his positive attitude, willingness to learn, and sense of maturity. When she needed to fill the position of charge nurse in the Progressive Care Unit, Mulkey was her first choice. Baptist Hospital recognized Mulkey as the 2013 Nurse of the Year because of his outstanding skills and commitment to nursing.

But Mulkey knows this is all because of his commitment to glorify God with his life. Working in the Progressive Care Unit has brought him many opportunities to be a part of people’s lives at very vulnerable times. “People seem to be more open when they are sick and are sometimes able to express their fears and needs,” says Mulkey. “I have had the opportunity to pray with many patients and share the gospel in good and not-so-good situations.”

The nursing training Mulkey received as a student at PCC prepared him well for the work force at Baptist Hospital. “I am thankful for my nursing education,” he says, “because PCC’s nursing teachers expected excellence and nothing less. It was this that helped me develop excellent critical care skills and leadership skills.” Mulkey’s desire for excellence led him to earn his CCRN certification and pursue a master’s degree in nursing administration and leadership/nursing education.

Stefanie Michael (’00 grad)

  • Staff Nurse on Inpatient Adult Medical Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Graduate student in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program: University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Board Certified in Medical Surgical Nursing by the ANCC

“A nursing degree provides a wide variety of job opportunities. I have been able to practice at the bedside, teach in a school of nursing, participate in hospital-wide training initiatives, and assume interim unit leadership support roles. I enjoy the ability to assume many different roles as a nurse. I love connecting with my patients and supporting them emotionally and physically through some of their lowest moments. I enjoy collaborating with physicians and participating in the plan of care. I have been able to share my faith in a few situations.

“PCC prepared me with a thorough background academically and clinically. PCC’s commitment to excellence taught me to give my best in every situation.”

Chris Callahan

Jessica Hoffman (’04 grad)

  • Pediatric Emergency Room Registered Nurse, Children’s Medical Center Dallas
  • M.A. in Israel Studies: Baptists for Israel Institute

“Children’s Medical Center Dallas is a magnet hospital and one of only fourteen pediatric Level One Trauma Centers in the U.S. It is a real privilege to work in such a prestigious hospital.

“God actually led me to CMCD during the spring of my junior year. My mom called and told me that Children’s was hiring nursing students for summer jobs. I called right away but was told that all the positions had been filled. That same day during a chapel message, the pastor mentioned that ‘God delights in doing the impossible.’ I simply prayed, ‘God, this would be impossible,’ and left it in His hands. When I returned to my room after lunch, I had a voicemail from the recruiter at Children’s that I had spoken with that morning. She told me that the hospital had decided to hire more nursing students, and I was able to interview and obtain a position on the respiratory/ventilator floor. God miraculously provided me with a summer job that paid well above minimum wage.

“While working at the hospital, I realized that I was eligible for a scholarship that the hospital provided. I simply had to write a one-page essay on why I wanted to be a pediatric nurse and submit a copy of my transcript. The scholarship committee was very impressed by PCC’s nursing program and the number of hours that we spent in clinicals. They had never heard of a school that did so many hours in clinicals. The scholarship committee voted unanimously to give me the scholarship. With that scholarship, God provided the funds to pay for the rest of my senior year! I might not have gotten the scholarship if it weren’t for PCC’s strong academics. After hiring me, Children’s has hired several other PCC grads.

“PCC’s strong science background gave me a good foundation for understanding why we perform certain nursing interventions. The many hours of clinicals made me very comfortable in the hospital.”

Tina Smith Price

Tina Smith Price (’94 grad)
OB Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn Care

“My PCC instructors invested their time, energy, and hearts into us as nursing students. They taught not only behind the lectern but also in their everyday lives to be godly examples to our patients. Even though it has been years since graduation, I still keep in touch with many of my nursing classmates. The Lord blessed me with a great college education, wonderful nursing instructors, and forever friends!”

Mindy Kohsman

Mindy Kohsman ’02 grad
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Sprawled on her stomach, reading not one but two nursing journals, eleven-year-old Mindy knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I wanted to be a neonatal nurse,” she said, recounting her childhood days. After a lady in her church gave birth to quadruplets, Mindy helped care for them on Saturdays, sparking an interest that would influence the rest of her life.

Now as an adult, Mindy (Forsythe) Kohsman (’02) has fulfilled her childhood dream, becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. “The desire to fulfill God’s calling by meeting the needs of fragile newborns and frightened parents is what drives me to get out of my warm bed at 5 a.m.,” she said.

Because she herself adopted a premature baby, Mindy understands the dilemmas, trials, and concerns of her patients. Mindy’s daughter Olivia, born at 32–33 weeks, spent time in the NICU, just like the babies Mindy cares for in the hospital.

Mindy Kohsman Baby

Working at Mount Carmel West Hospital, Mindy maintains 19 beds for premature babies in a level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “God places me in specific situations at very specific times so that I can provide compassionate care to parents at perhaps the worst time in their lives,” she said. Aside from taking care of the most critical babies, she also oversees the Newborn Nursery and serves on the hospital’s ethics committee, thanks to her training in pediatric bioethics.

As an ethics committee member, she has had the opportunity “to discuss care practices through the lens of ethics as well as Christianity.” Mindy’s strong ethical code and attention to detail were fortified at PCC. “I feel blessed to have received training at PCC so that I can be used by God to help guide discussions, decisions, and policies on the numerous issues that medical professionals address on a daily basis.”

Mindy Kohsman Article

Mindy’s strong moral code led her to write “Ethical Considerations for Perinatal Toxicology Screening,” an article published by the Neonatal Network in the September/October 2016 journal. Her article focuses on the effects on babies exposed to substances in the womb and how these substances affect them from infancy to adolescence. Mindy reveals the harmful results of each substance, comparing the effects of legal drugs (like tobacco and alcohol) and opiates.

“I argue that much of the way the medical community is targeting both medical and social intervention is through unjust and disproven screening methods for substance abuse, and that we misplace emphasis on substances that are not necessarily the most harmful for infant and child outcomes,” she said.

Throughout the years, Mindy’s strong foundation has aided her in very difficult situations when she has shared in some of the hardest moments for new parents. “I see God at work most when I am enabled to comfort the grieving,” she said, recalling how parents have asked her to hold their dying infants. “Holding these little ones is the highest honor I could ever receive.”

But she has also shared in parents’ joy, like being in the operating room and having the privilege of caring for her best friend and coworker Michele’s 34-week triplets. “We worked together every day, she as the mother and me as the provider, toward the common interest of getting her babies home,” she said.

As Mindy ministers to these fragile infants every day, she knows she is doing exactly what the Lord has called her to do. “I believe that as a Christian, I have the responsibility to advocate for the weak and the disadvantaged,” she said. “That means ensuring that babies and their mothers are given the adequate resources for care that promote just treatment of both patients.”

Ryan Rosenkranz

Ryan Rosenkranz (’07 grad)
ICU Floor Nurse: Kadlec Regional Medical Center

“PCC’s nursing program prepared me so well! I am very thankful I got my degree there! The best evidence I can give of this is being asked—as a brand new graduate—where I had worked before I worked at KRMC because I was knowledgeable about all kinds of situations.

“I have gotten a few accreditations through AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses). I am a PCCN (progressive care certified nurse) and am working toward my CCRN (critical care registered nurse). I am also TNCC (trauma nursing care certified).

“I worked two years on a telemetry/step down unit and transferred to the ICU about a year ago. I take care of from one to two patients who are critically ill. I titrate medicine drips, turn my patients every two hours, and work very closely with my doctors for the best outcome of the patients. Another part of my job is educating the families about the disease process their loved one has, what all the numbers on the monitor mean, and what all the equipment does.

“My favorite part of this field is the interaction you get with people and the ways you can touch their and their families’ lives. There is nothing better than seeing someone you did not expect to recover walk out of the hospital days later!”

Angela Moorhead (’04 grad)
Registered Nurse, Chester County OBGyn Associates

“I work with doctors and nurse practitioners to provide care to our patients in the OBGyn field. I triage calls that come from patients and administer meds. I have always had a love for women’s health. My favorite part about working in the nursing field is the direct patient contact, feeling that I made a difference to someone.

“The great preceptorship that we had our senior year at PCC made me very confident in starting a job.”

Carol Cook Libby (’88 grad)

  • PACU nurse, Maine Medical Center
  • MSN: University of South Alabama

“I left the OR after several years and am now a staff PACU nurse. As patients roll out of the OR, the PACU nurse is there to greet them, monitor their airways, and manage their pain. Once they are sufficiently awake and comfortable, my job is done. I love the flexibility of career fields within a career. I absolutely love PACU nursing. I derive satisfaction from bringing the patient from a point of unconsciousness to being comfortable enough to be discharged from PACU within a couple of hours.

“I have always felt that I was well trained at PCC to use critical thinking skills. I think we were prepared to be safe, competent nurses.”

John Scruton

John Scruton (’09 grad)

  • Nurse Care Manager (NY)

Amidst the brick and stone of the historic buildings and museums in downtown Pensacola emerges a tranquil green space known as Olde Seville Square. The park’s shaded grounds and wrought iron benches draw not only tourists and locals, but also the destitute.

While John Scruton (’09) earned a nursing degree at PCC, he spent many hours there reaching out to those who had fallen on hard times. During summer breaks, he traveled overseas on three medical missions trips, where he saw the impoverished in need of medical and spiritual care.

“I have always had a very distinct desire from the Lord to work with populations in need,” John said. “I always found myself asking, ‘Lord, what can I do to help meet their physical needs?’”

While waiting for the answer, John finished his degree and entered the nursing profession, first at Sacred Heart Health System in Florida, then at the University of Rochester in New York. In Rochester, where over 31% of the population is below the poverty line, John’s desire only intensified. He began working toward a master’s in public health at the University of Rochester, hoping to reach even more people. But then a new opportunity arose.

“This position popped up on our local human resources server at the hospital where I was working,” he said, describing his new position as a Nurse Care Manager with Accountable Health Partners. “I have been placed within a faith-based practice located in an impoverished area in Rochester. It was in line with my passion for helping others, and it applied itself to the realm of public health.”

“My job is to engage high-risk patients in their plan of care with the doctor and maintain a therapeutic relationship to help them,” John said. “I do a variety of things to help patients stay engaged with their care. I make phone calls to remind them of appointments; I see them while the doctor is seeing them to make sure they understand the care they are getting as well as speaking up for their needs when they cannot do so themselves.”

“While I’m not a medical missionary, I use all of the skills I have to reach people where they are and to help them improve medically,” he said. ”Often, I find myself praying with patients over the plans of care and praying for them when I’m at home.”

John appreciates the training he received as a nursing student. “PCC was not just about getting good grades. It was about Christ being the center of all we do and letting Him guide our interaction with patients,” he said. “I think what I found most valuable about my training at PCC was the personal practice of integrity which was instilled in us. Our profession is a reflection of Christ’s reaching out to the needy.”

“It is my honor to be the hands and feet of the patients I care for.”

Annelisa Winston

Annelisa Winston, RN (’10 grad)
Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital (DE)

Nursing grad Annelisa Winston (’10) was recently honored by Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital with the national DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Presented to four nurses each year, the award recognizes consistent quality service that sets nurses apart from their peers.

“What a surprise, and surely a great encouragement to see God magnified through my life!” Annelisa said. “The Lord has provided many opportunities for me to make a difference on my unit and in the hospital, especially in the area of patient safety. During my first four months of employment, I played an integral role in the formation and implementation of a method for performing and documenting hourly rounds on our patients. This has resulted in nursing administration asking for more information about the nursing school I attended, including a request for information on how to recruit nursing students from PCC. It is an answer to prayer that God is using me to be a testimony for Him through the training I received at a Christian college.

“The Lord really blessed my studies at PCC. He blessed me with teachers who took a personal interest in me—writing me notes, sending e-mails, and talking with me. God’s hand is certainly on the nursing program at PCC, and I believe He uses the nursing faculty at PCC to make the program what it is. Their love for Christ is clearly seen in their love and care for each of their students.

“As a nurse, I am entrusted with people’s lives. Something I learned in school could end up making the difference between life and death for a patient. An even more sobering and yet exciting thought is that, as a Christian nurse, each time I receive my patient assignment I am entrusted with an opportunity to reach a person’s soul and meet their spiritual needs. My prayer each day as I drive to work is that God would use me to impact the lives of my patients and fellow staff for Him—that my care for the patients would point them to Christ, and cause them to seek Him, and learn of His salvation. It is my desire to honor Christ in my service to Him through nursing.”

For over 30 years, PCC has trained nurses who are serving in healthcare or medical missions around the globe.

Krystal Hoover (’06 grad)
Pre-Screen Registered Nurse, St. Joseph’s Medical Center

“The excellent training that I received at PCC has enabled me to work in the Pre-Screening Clinic at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. The excellent assessment skills that I learned at PCC allowed me to work in this specialized area early in my career. Working in this area has given me many opportunities to pray with and encourage patients in the Lord before their surgeries. I am thankful that the Lord blessed me with such a wonderful Christian environment to further my education.

“The nursing program and Christian training that you will receive at PCC is second to none. During my preceptorship in the pediatric ICU at Sacred Heart Hospital, a traveling nurse told my preceptor if it hadn’t been for the uniform I was wearing she would have thought I had worked in the ICU for a while. The clinical skills and Christian perspective that are taught at PCC will shape you into a very skilled and compassionate nurse.

“My husband Stephen and I are also serving the Lord at Temple Baptist Church in Lacey, WA, as assistants to the youth director. I will be forever grateful for the refreshing Christian environment and education that I received at PCC.”

Dr. Robin Parnell

Dr. Robin Parnell (’84 grad)
Assistant Professor of nursing, Troy University (AL)

Nursing grad Dr. Robin Parnell, RN (’84) directs the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing courses at Troy University (Montgomery, AL), including classroom and clinical teaching.  What she learned from PCC faculty over twenty years ago, she is now passing on to a new generation of prospective nurses.  “Throughout my nursing career, I have strived to focus on excellence, integrity, organizational skills, and caring just as my instructors taught me,” Robin said. 

After graduating from PCC and starting a family with her husband, Dr. Parnell went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing, becoming assistant professor of nursing at Troy University in 2009.  “God led me to this position to allow me to be active in my nursing career while being available to my children during the summer and holidays.  It has truly been a blessing!” Robin said. 

“PCC’s nursing program focused on excellence, integrity, and organizational skills.  These three qualities are essential to the practice of nursing and to the world of academia. I’m so thankful these qualities were instilled in our minds from the very beginning of the program until graduation.  I appreciate the small classroom setting and the personal, caring attitudes of the instructors.  I wasn’t just ‘a number.’  I was a person they truly cared about, and they had my best interest at heart.”

As Dr. Parnell integrates that philosophy and care into her own teaching, she finds satisfaction watching her students develop academically and professionally to become nurses who make a difference in others’ lives.  “I have had numerous students thank me for treating them with respect and truly caring about them,” Robin said.  “I have noticed that no matter the environment in which you reside or work, people appreciate kindness.”

Jason Bain

Grace Schroder (’09 grad)
Cardiac Telemetry Unit Registered Nurse, West Florida Hospital

“The program at PCC taught me so much more than just nursing skills. I learned compassion and Christian views throughout my four years there. My instructors knew me personally, called me by name, and were so encouraging. I would find handwritten notes or voicemail messages from my instructors that encouraged me during a difficult day. The instructors cared about high standards and did not let me slack. When I was struggling with a concept, they would take time and sit down with me one on one and help explain something. I was taught the importance of sharing my hope in Christ with my patients. I can offer so much more than just physical comfort. Being out in the field now, I can definitely appreciate the high standards that I was taught. Because of PCC’s high standards in education, I am prepared to be a very competent and beneficial nurse to my patients.

“During my junior year at PCC, I found an ad for a nursing scholarship on the hospital’s website. I applied, had an interview, and then was given a scholarship. The hospital paid for my last year in college and guaranteed me a full-time position at their hospital once I passed my Board of Nursing Licensure exam to become an RN. I feel so incredibly blessed to have received this scholarship, and I know God was saving it just for me. The hospital told me that they think highly of PCC graduates and were very eager to have me on their team.

“Having a B.S.N. means I am not limited to practice only ‘bedside nursing.’ I have the freedom to pursue higher degrees and further advancement in my field. I often work as the Charge Nurse. In this position, I am a support person for the rest of the nurses working my shift. I assign patients to nurses and give guidance and support to the nurses as problems arise.

“I enjoy being the patients’ advocate and help in their time of need. I get to use my skills to address their needs and communicate with the doctors and other healthcare team members. It’s so rewarding to see a problem, seek an answer, implement the answer, and then enjoy seeing the patient’s relief. As a nurse, I see myself as God’s ‘hand’ in the body of Christ. As I perform physical skills, I have the opportunity to offer peace, comfort, and love just as Christ gave to me in my lowest time.”

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