Trauma, Tragedy, and Heartfelt Thanks
Aiming to create a well-rounded student experience, East Texas Baptist University’s motto is to “Embrace Faith, Engage Minds, and Empower Leaders.” The integration of faith and learning in the classroom is evident as graduates leave the campus and begin to serve in their God called vocations.
JoAnn Grif Alspach is an editor at Critical Care Nurse which is a journal for high acuity, progressive, and critical care nursing. Back in June, Alspach received a phone call from her daughter with tragic news about her second youngest daughter, Charissa, who was a patient in Houston’s Memorial Hermann Shock Trauma ICU.
ETBU 2010 nursing grad Wimberly Melton, RN was Cherrisa’s nurse when Alspach arrived from Baltimore to be with her daughter. Melton, not only had the skills to nurse but also the skills to minister. Read the heartfelt thank you letter that Alspach sent to Melton by clicking here.
Melton is not the only graduate from ETBU serving at Memorial Hermann, registered nurses Ben Behnke (class of 2013), Amanda Flinn (2012), Megan Folmar (2012) and Hilary Moody (2013) all work in the Silver Trauma Acute Care unit. (To read previous Tiger Pride on Melton, Behnke, Flinn, Folmar, and Moody, click here.)
ETBU Nursing is experiencing unprecedented growth, with a 58% increase in overall enrollment over the past 3 years and the largest class entering the professional program in the past 5 years.