JSU has given me a wonderful foundation for a great nursing career that I enjoy and love! I am a proud JSU graduate and nurse! I appreciate the opportunity to share my story.

by Heather Money Murphy - 2002

My dream of wanting to become a nurse started as a little girl. I knew becoming a nurse was my dream career. After losing my Mom at the age of 15, I knew I wanted to care for patients and assist in restoring their health and bringing them comfort. My dad was instrumental in encouraging and supporting me throughout my education. In April 2002, my dream came true. I have been a proud JSU graduate as a RN, BSN for 15 years now. I have enjoyed all of my experiences and endeavors. I began my career as a charge nurse on night shift at the small hospital in my hometown of Centre, Ala. At that time, I worked the Med/Surg. unit, ICU, and occasionally worked in the ER. After several years, I grew an interest in home care and transferred to Home Health. I grew greatly in my independence in nursing while working Home Health. I met many wonderful people and experienced a wide area of different patients, families, and homes. A few years later I was offered a position as a first shift supervisor at CCHRC, which I accepted, and was later promoted to Unit Coordinator. I enjoyed coordinating the staff and the care of an approximately 70 bed unit for precious elderly residents for four years. During my time in this position, I realized I greatly missed using my skills and practicing bedside nursing. I transitioned back into Home Health for a few years again until I finally found my way back home to where my career started, at my small hometown hospital in Centre, Cherokee Medical Center. I enjoy providing care to the people of my hometown and county. The people I work with are my family. So many of the people that I met and worked with at the beginning of my career continue to be my coworkers. I believe everyone has a mentor and guide in their career that has impressed upon their life and career greatly, and that person for me is Vickie Pollard Garmon. She was a graduate of the JSU nursing program in 1980. She was my preceptor in nursing school and she continues to teach me about nursing today, 15 years into my career, and 37 years into hers. JSU has given me a wonderful foundation for a great nursing career that I enjoy and love! I am a proud JSU graduate and nurse! I appreciate the opportunity to share my story.