Recent nursing grads making a difference
Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni
Five recent nursing graduates are using the skills they learned at ETBU in Level 1 Trauma positions to treat people in critical need at Memorial Hermann, Texas Medical Center.
Registered nurses Ben Behnke (class of 2013), Amanda Flinn (2012), Megan Folmar (2012) and Hilary Moody (2013) work in the Silver Trauma Acute Care unit, while Wimberly Melton (2010) works in the Shock Trauma ICU at the Houston hospital.
The group of five recently wrote a letter to ETBU faculty and administration thanking them for the training and education they received while at ETBU and how they are now “spreading compassion with competence and loving what they do.”
Memorial Hermann, Texas Medical Center is the only hospital in Houston with a Silver Trauma Acute Care unit, which is where four of the five alumni work in Level 1 Trauma positions. The staff at the unit cares for people who are 55 and older and experience trauma and who are in need of close observation. The trauma often includes falls, abuse, neglect and vehicle collisions.
Alumna Wimberly Melton said she completely believes ETBU molded her in to the nurse she is today. Melton works in Shock Trauma ICU, which cares for the sickest of the sick and most critically injured.
“I come in contact with people in the most critical time in their life and provide support for their families,” Melton said.
The ETBU connection among the nurses formed bonds – some new and some strengthened – as they joined the hospital to begin their nursing careers.
“At ETBU, Amanda, Megan and I were all good friends and spent time together frequently,” Melton said. “It’s so special that we are all together again in Houston and can keep growing our relationship. Amanda and Megan were friends with Ben and Hilary while at school, but I really did not get to know them until recently because I graduated before they started nursing school. Hilary and Ben just recently moved to Houston, and we have all met up and been able to spend time together. I see a great future and great friendships forming as time continues. ETBU is a common bond we all share, and it will always be a part of who we are.”
The alumni are working in critical positions under some of the most challenging conditions for registered nurses, and they said they felt their education at ETBU was a key part of their success.
“Nursing is taking care of others but it’s how you do it that makes you either a good nurse or an exceptional nurse,” Melton said. “Christ has called us to spread his word and love others — what better way to do these two things than to be there for people when they are at their most vulnerable state. The ETBU nursing faculty is absolutely wonderful in their style of teaching; it’s different. They pray with us before every test, come to every clinical day, answer countless emails/texts messages and give us every chance to succeed. My nursing style was shaped by my teaching and training because I was taught with a Christian foundation.”