Kathy Farley

Nursing Instructor

Central Carolina Community College

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“I educate nurses and prepare them to go into entry-level positions or on to bachelor's degrees.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Nursing Instructor

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of HELPING PEOPLE and the interests of EDUCATION and MEDICINE.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I spend 60-70% of my time preparing to teach: putting together lesson plans, reading, researching, grading papers, etc. Another 5-10% is spent in meetings with colleagues, and then the final 20% of my time is actually spent in the classroom with my students.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

They would need to learn how to do injections, draw blood, insert and remove catheters, how to insert feeding tubes, clean tracheotomies, etc. You'll only perfect most of these tasks through experience. You also need to learn about law and ethics in medicine, and work on your bedside manner.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Nursing Instructor

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Associate's Degree / Some College

What I studied VERY STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - West Lincoln High School
  • Undergraduate - Regents College, Nursing Science
  • Graduate - Indiana Wesleyan University, Nursing Education
  • Doctorate - Indiana Wesleyan University, Nursing Practice
  • Certification/License - LPN

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

Depending on your financial situation, you can either go into a four-year bachelor's degree program, or into a two-year associate's program. If you're interested in nursing, you'll need to do a nurse's aide program (which lasts about three or four months) to make sure that you actually want to pursue a career in this industry.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PEERS

“You're crazy to go back to school.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I was older than most students when I went back to school to get my graduate and doctorate degrees. My peers, and even my own mother, were constantly telling me that I was crazy to go back to school, or to keep working even though I had four children to raise. But I'm a stubborn person and a self-motivator, and I had lots of support from my husband, my children, and my classmates, so I pursued my goals and finished my doctorate. In fact, I'm currently considering going back to school again.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Army

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

June 1985

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E4

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

Most importantly, have a plan for what you're going to do when you get out. For me, transitioning into the "real world" was not a big deal; I was a nurse already, so I was able to go straight into that field.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

N/A

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