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Nursing Alumnae Use Their Gifts and Education

“She has used that tremendous nursing training to glorify God every day,” said proud parent Kathy Carlson of her daughter’s experience at Trinity.

Alumna Kirstin (Carlson) Hayes ’02 took her nursing degree from Trinity to new heights when she joined the United States Air Force as an ER nurse who deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and was trained for Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT).

Her training as a nursing student equipped her for the stress in her job, and she quickly became the rotating charge nurse of the ER. Her education gave her a sound footing to help her care for American soldiers, and she also carried with her the values taught to her at Trinity.
Kirstin left the USAF in December 2007, and she and her husband live in New Braunfels, Texas.

“She has shown the highest integrity and honor in support of our country,” said her mother. “What more could instructors hope for in a former student?”

Parents are not the only people impressed with Trinity’s nursing program. Recent alumna Kerry Mitchell ’08 wrote to her professors about her current experience in the nursing field.

“I love my job as a pediatric nurse on the oncology unit,” said Mitchell. “I often reflect on the education I received at Trinity. I could not have accomplished my dream without it.”

Mitchell is thankful for the help from each of her professors along her education journey. A leadership project that she created during her time at Trinity is now being used as teaching material at Hope Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois, where she is employed.

“These former nursing students’ stories witness to both their education at Trinity and their callings as nurses,” said Joyce Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of nursing.

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