While people come into the nursing field from many different backgrounds, RN Michelle Kipfer has a very interesting career path.
“Before I came the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor, my husband and I were self-employed. We made custom leather chaps for cowboys, and traveled the country going to stock shows,” said Michelle. “Once our kids were in school, though, it was harder for me to travel, and I wanted something close to home. After a while, my husband didn’t like working and traveling by himself, so he found something closer, too.”
So how did Michelle make the leap from rodeos to RN?
“In the back of my mind, I was always interested in nursing. But we got married young and I didn’t go to college. If I had gone to school, I would have liked to be a nurse. When my husband and I started talking about me getting a job of my own separate from our business, I brought up nursing. I wasn’t sure, though. I was nearing 40, and wasn’t sure I could go back to school at that point. But my husband encouraged me, saying, ‘That’s a great idea, you can do it!'” said Michelle. “Once I started CNA work, I really enjoyed it. Then I started some online pre [requisites] for nursing while I was a CNA and just kept going.”
Michelle is glad she decided to pursue her dream of nursing, and especially glad she chose to do so at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor.
“I got a scholarship for my CNA classes from PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America) and that helped a lot. I could have gotten a scholarship for my RN classes, but I wasn’t sure I could fulfill my commitment to working here since we thought we might move. We didn’t end up moving though, and [Presbyterian] Manor has been so encouraging and supportive as I’ve pursued further education. They’re like that for all employees. They really want us to learn.”
We’re happy Michelle decided to join our team, and happy to support other staff members who choose to further their education.