My Motlow Story: Adrienne King
Adrienne King of Murfreesboro is proud to be a graduate of Motlow's 2011 nursing class and she wants to encourage others who are considering going back to school. "I think it's important to let people know it's not all 18 year-olds in college. I was a little hesitant to start back because I thought I would be the oldest one, but that's not the case at all."
Adrienne KingLike so many people, Adrienne entered college out of high school and in her words, "I was not ready to be on my own; I didn't take college seriously and it showed in my grades." Years later, happily married with two pre-teen children she felt it was time to fulfill a lifetime dream. Adrienne continued, "I didn't choose nursing, it chose me. I've known since I was a little girl that I would be a nurse and even though I've tried other career paths along the way, nursing kept calling me."
Adrienne researched nursing programs and because of reputation, she chose Motlow. "A friend from church highly recommended Motlow's program saying that, 'it's tough, and they don't give you anything, but if you pass, you'll be a great nurse.'" According to Adrienne, "It's exactly what I was looking for, I didn't want to come out of school feeling unprepared and now that I am graduating, I feel very prepared."
Her advice for future students is to take some online classes, "I've taken several online classes including English and math and I even recommend microbiology online. I was surprised; it was good even without the instruments in the lab." She also recommends having a friend or classmate to study with so you can offer encouragement to each other along the way.
As is the case for most people, time and money create the biggest hurdles in life. In regard to time, Adrienne said outside of class, a lot of time is spent pulling shifts in the hospitals and other clinical learning that sometimes has to take priority over family and church events; but in the long run, she feels it will all be worth it. As to money issues, she was aware of student loan possibilities that were available but with the support of her husband she decided to pay for her college expenses with deferred payments. She said, "We are making sacrifices as a family to get it done and pay as I go."
Depending on where she gets a job, Adrienne plans to return to Motlow to complete more core classes then transfer to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to complete her bachelor's degree and possibly go on to get her master's. When asked which areas of nursing she enjoyed most, Adrienne said she loved watching a baby being born while studying obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN). While the mock codes or code blue drills were very exciting, she had narrowed her choices of where she would like to work to: OB/GYN, oncology or hospice work. "I would love to help somebody in their transition from life to let them know they are loved on the way out."
Adrienne King, Veronica Olanrewaju and Amina Dauda at Graduation When summing up her experience of driving from Murfreesboro to Moore County for classes, she said. "It's a good program and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else." As Adrienne explained, "When you go out in the world, or you go into the hospitals, they pick Motlow students because they know we're prepared. They highly favor our students over other some four-year institutions because we're well trained. A sentence I hear all the time is: 'They may have a more advanced degree but we have more knowledge.' The first time I heard it, I thought, oh yea, I made the right choice coming to Motlow."
Adrienne's advice to her children and others is to, "Set a goal and set it while you're young so you can work toward it. Don't let fear stop you, don't let anything stop you. Believe in yourself, you can overcome, you can do it, you can do anything you set your mind to!"