Kim DeMeester is a West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport student who is expected to graduate from the Practical Nursing program in December 2017. She is excited to begin her nursing career, as it is the job she has always dreamed of pursuing. Kim attended several other institutions before attending WVJC and has found the support and help to be exceptional. Her passion for education and learning is inspiring to many.
Kim worked as a program assistant at Fairmont State before making the choice to stay home to care for her sick parents. After that chapter, she contemplated continuing retirement, but realized she was restless. She made the decision to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. She enrolled in WVJC’s Practical Nursing program because it was a small school with a personal feel and was close to her home. She said, “I knew it was a small college that would give me the most up to date education.”
Kim chose nursing because she loves medical and science knowledge, and has experience caring for the ill. She said, “I have always wanted to be a nurse. The field has a variety of positions and experiences and fulfills my desire to help people.” Her favorite part of attending WVJC is that the instructors and director are available 24/7. She says that she can contact them for concerns and is guided in the right direction. She said, “It is wonderful to have a staff that wants to see you succeed as much as you want to succeed yourself.” Kim could not pick one favorite teacher. She enjoyed both Mrs. Burner and Mrs. Wilson, saying they both worked hard at breaking down the courses and making them understandable and relatable to the students’ lives. They both made each class enjoyable and always took extra time to educate on any subjects that students were struggling with. Both women are very passionate about teaching and it is obvious when you have them in class.
After graduation, Kim hopes to work in a place where everyone works together as a team, and enjoys their job and is happy. As Kim aged and took care of her parents, she realized that, in life, what’s important in your career is not always about how much money you make, but how happy you are in your career choice. Kim hopes to one day even complete her RN degree. For now, she plans on being in a long term position that she loves and can learn from, so that she can always provide the best care to her patients.
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