CSCC nursing alum serving her community through her career

Posted 1/9/22

Many students that choose to enroll at Cleveland State Community College to study nursing go on to achieve more education in healthcare while choosing to serve their community.

Cleveland State Alumnae Elizabeth Jackson works in the community in which she grew up. Now, she makes it her duty to aid the ill and to comfort the unfortunate.

Jackson is a Cleveland native who uses her abilities to help her community as a nurse practitioner. She started her educational journey at Cleveland State Community College majoring in nursing and graduating in 2010. She continued her education at UTC graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, then headed to Southern Adventist University to obtain her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Jackson believes CSCC helped her receive her degree quicker and created a solid foundation that carried her to where she is today.

“I feel that CSCC prepared me to enter the workforce. I had no trouble transitioning whatsoever,” stated Jackson. “There are some things that cannot be taught in school and you just have to figure those things out as you encounter them in your career, but when it comes to the matters that can be taught in the classroom, I felt more than prepared.”

Jackson was a nontraditional student, but that didn't stop her from achieving her goals. She described her time at the college like family. Faculty and staff were always there to support her and keep her accountable. The small class sizes at the college helped Jackson receive more attention in her classes and build stronger friendships with her peers. When it was time to transfer, Jackson felt that CSCC prepared her for the workforce.

Right after graduation she was offered a job working in the pediatric ICU at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital with far more than a basic knowledge and the minimum requirements for a nurse. Today, she works at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland as a nurse practitioner and also has treated COVID patients since the pandemic started.

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