Student Nurse Strives to Make Patients' Comfort Paramount

Carol Etienne-John

MCC registered nursing student Carol Etienne-John said she aspires to make patients as comfortable as possible during a hospital stay. With three semesters of clinical practice under her belt and the desire to provide superior nursing care, she went above and beyond her coursework by taking a phlebotomy class last summer.

“I wanted to learn how to give the gentlest IVs,” she said. “I want my patients’ experience in the hospital to be as pleasant as possible,” she said. “Everything is geared toward being the best nurse I can be.”

As she completes her last semester of nursing school, she doesn’t have to worry about working and going to school, as she received $2,000 for tuition and books from the McClain Nursing Scholarship for this spring semester.

“Nursing school is intense,” she said. “With this scholarship, I don’t have to worry about money for school. The stress of tuition has been erased.”

Carol plans to graduate with her Associate in Nursing Degree in May and plans to transfer to Aurora University to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree beginning next fall. Her goal is to work in critical care nursing.

Born in South America and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Carol came to the U.S. in 1992 to live with her sister after their mother died at a young age. She worked in accounting for 10 years until her company closed in 2009. As a single mother of two teenagers, Carol decided to pursue nursing as a career because she loves working with people.

She earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from MCC and worked in home health care for four years. When she saw a flyer for a grant-funded program to transition from CNA to nursing, she decided to try it.

“To start over was daunting, but I thought it was a good time to start,” she said. “MCC works for me because, as a parent, I am able to be close to home and have less travel time.”

She returned to MCC again in 2012 to begin her nursing prerequisites and her excellent grades earned her a spot in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.

As she completes her last semester of nursing school, she doesn’t have to worry about working and going to school, as she received $2,000 for tuition and books from the McClain Nursing Scholarship for this spring semester.

“Nursing school is intense,” she said. “With this scholarship, I don’t have to worry about money for school. The stress of tuition has been erased.”

Carol plans to graduate with her Associate in Nursing Degree in May and plans to transfer to Aurora University to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree beginning next fall. Her goal is to work in critical care nursing.

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