Nursing Alumni Blog
Katy and Ryan Haight
After our graduation from the LATech nursing program, Ryan and I obtained jobs in ER and ICU at local hospitals. After two and a half years experience, we decided to follow our dreams of travel nursing. So far we have worked in Washington state and California and have enjoyed every minute of it. We will always be thankful to the Louisiana Tech nursing program for providing us with the best education opportunities!
Alumni Kaycie Weed
I am Kaycie Weed from the Spring 2015 graduating class. It is amazing to look back and reflect on my journey of becoming a registered nurse. I remember the excitement that I felt upon first reading my acceptance letter. I walked in my first nursing class to a room full of strangers and had no idea what the future held. After the second quarter, these people gradually became my best friends. It is amazing that people with so many differences can bond together for a single purpose. We studied together, laughed, cried, and really became a team. I have acquired my life-long friends through this program. Many girls were bridesmaids in my wedding, and I am so thankful for our friendships. These people are more than just nursing classmates, they are friends for a lifetime.
Graduation was a bittersweet moment because all of our hard work finally paid off, but it also meant that we were all going our separate ways. We accepted positions at many different places in various departments. Some traveled to Texas, South Carolina, Shreveport, Alexandria, Ruston, West Monroe, Monroe, Bastrop, and other areas. Our Facebook page has given us the chance to continue our communication even though we are separated by distance. We encourage each other to further our nursing education and grow into strong individuals with each new chapter of our lives.
Upon graduation, I accepted a job on Telemetry at Glenwood Regional Medical Center and stayed there for 8 months before getting the pleasure of working at Louisiana Oncology. I have been at Louisiana Oncology for 6 months now, and it has been an absolute dream. I love creating a relationship with my patients and truly experiencing what nursing is all about. Nurses are driven by the desire to help others, and that is exactly what my job entails. It is also great to be able to work alongside some of my past classmates.
My experience with nursing has exceeded all my expectations. It is hard work, but it is very rewarding. I like to think that I am making a positive difference in peoples' lives, but they are changing my life in a way that I cannot explain. Nursing is a flexible career; one can change departments or areas for a new experience or area of expertise. As for me, I am always looking for ways to expand my nursing knowledge. I am planning to pursue my bachelors degree and become chemotherapy certified. The options are endless in the world of nursing. I am also very thankful for the support from all of our nursing instructors along the way. Our graduating class is proud and honored to have achieved a 100% NCLEX pass rate. The instructors truly prepared us to be our best, and I would not be the nurse I am today if not for them. I am so thankful to be an alumnus of the LA Tech nursing program. I would not have had it any other way!
Alumni Jasmine Polk
Hi, My name is Jasmine Polk and I am a proud 2014 Spring graduate of the Louisiana Tech Nursing program. I am originally from McKinney, Texas, and my parents are also Alumni of Louisiana Tech (Stan and Toni Polk "91). During my time in the nursing program I was able to be apart of the Student Nurses Association as chapter president, as well as involved in a multitude of community service projects.
I have recently been blessed with the opportunity to begin my nursing career in my dream job at the Emergency Department of Parkland Hospital, which is a Level 1 Trauma Center in Dallas, Texas. I was accepted into the highly competitive Emergency/Trauma Nurse Residency shortly after graduation, which included written, clinical exam and skills training in one of the busiest urban charity ER's in the country. I have since completed the residency and have been successfully working in the role as an Emergency/Trauma RN.
I am honored to say the experiences and education I received from the Louisiana Tech nursing program absolutely prepared me for not only state boards, but also real life nursing care. With confidence, I have been able to utilize the tools I learned from the amazing Louisiana Tech nursing faculty to provide the best patient centered care. Each faculty member inspired me to push towards my dreams, which indeed turned into my reality. I am forever thankful to the Louisiana Tech nursing program and can't wait for what the future has in store.
"I can do all things through Christ, who strengths me." Philippians 4:13
Alumni Ken Walker
My name is Ken Walker and I graduated from the nursing program in 1997. Over the past 20 years I have had the opportunity to experience many wonderful things that are directly related to my education and training at Louisiana Tech. I started nursing at age 31 as a male student, in then, a pretty much female-dominated field. Near the end of our program, we were asked to identify our professional goals. I started my list of goals by stating that "I want to go to work at a large multi-specialty hospital in the OR, focusing on my passion of orthopedic surgery." Within a couple of weeks after graduation I was working at LSU-Shreveport in the OR.
Since then my career led me to train over 3000 orthopedic and neuro-surgeons on new surgical techniques and implants, help launch the careers of over 1500 sales reps, and visit nearly 20 different countries. Currently I work as the VP of Clinical Operation for a small start-up company (Ortho Kinematics) in Austin, TX, that focuses on analyzing the motion of the injured or diseased spine. I also am working on a research project for NASA where we test the quality of spinal motion of US Astronauts before and after their time on the International Space Station.
The good Lord has blessed me in many ways over the course of my life. However, outside of the gift of my daughter, Grace, I consider the experiences, the education, and the opportunities afford me by the faculty of La Tech's nursing program to be some of my greatest blessings ever. Thank you for all you did for me and continue to do.
Prov. 16:9 We plan the way we want to live, but ONLY God make us able to live it.