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Rebecca graduated from LRCC’s Nursing Program in 2013, receiving her Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN). She began her first job in her field that fall working in an acute psychiatric unit. Just one year later, Rebecca transitioned to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in the Neuro Special Care Unit where she is currently the staff nurse and charge nurse while also being involved in the infection prevention team for Central Line-Associate Blood Steam Infection (CLABSI) and is a preceptor for new graduate and experienced nurses hired on her unit.
Before joining the nursing program at LRCC, Rebecca was a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA). Rebecca says the nursing professors provided her with unique opportunities with challenging and educational rotations. Rebecca says her supportive family and friends were what helped get her through the program, as well as goal setting and time management practices. While enrolled in the ADN program, and working full time as an LNA, she trained her Labrador to be a therapy dog.
Advice from Rebeca: “The best thing I heard while in school, that made me realize everything was going to be ok is this: No one ever says that nursing school was the best time of their life, that’s just not reality, but in the end, it’s worth it, that’s what’s important. Remember that it is ok to ask questions, we are dealing with people's lives, so ask lots of questions. My advice to someone thinking about going into nursing would be to set goals even if they might seem impossible, because you never know how much you can accomplish”.