Meet some of the nurses who are dedicated to caring for patients at CAMC. You can click through the sliders to learn more about our team.

Dena Zerkle

How long have you worked at CAMC?
29 years

What made you want to be a nurse?
I was sick as a young child and was in the hospital a lot and I really had some great nurses during that time and the way they cared for me inspired me to become a pediatric nurse

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
Taking care of children and making an impact in their lives

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
Being a nurse is one of the most rewarding jobs ever and being able to make a difference in a patient’s life is something you never forget

Anything to add?
Nursing is a hard job, but if you have compassion and dedication for the job you will succeed

Dena Zerkle   CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics
Josh Thumm

How long have you worked at CAMC? 
I have been with CAMC since May 2009, so 11 years

What made you want to be a nurse?
Growing up, I was constantly in extracurricular activities and obtained various injuries that required the usual urgent care or emergency room visits. With that experience, I knew then I wanted to be one of those people who were able to care for and comfort those who needed medical attention. What can be a normal day for a nurse, could be the worst day in the life of a patient or loved one and I wanted to be the person they could rely on to deliver the best care possible.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
My favorite part of being a nurse is when you see patients, or family members, and they simply say “thank you.” With everything the country and state have been dealing with in 2020, it is now more important than ever to recognize our nurses and hospital staff for the outstanding work that has been displayed during the Year of the Nurse.

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
For anyone wanting to come to CAMC to be a nurse, my recommendation would be simple. If you have read the above information you know that I am someone who strives to lead by example. I feel that CAMC’s mission statement, “striving to provide the best health care to every patient, every day,” is exactly why nurses should want to be part of the CAMC Health Care team. CAMC is a large organization that is incorporating nurses into the administrative decision-making process by utilizing the shared governance structure. Also, nurses take pride in working with their colleagues and caring for the patients in the communities we serve.

Anything to add?
“Nursing is not just an ART. It has a heART. Nursing is not just a SCIENCE, but it has a conSCIENCE” – Anonymous

Josh Thumm   CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Emergency Room
Cynara Clark

How long have you worked at CAMC?
I have been employed with CAMC since June 2012. I started in Registration as an Admitting Clerk then transferred to Patient Accounts as a Commercial Billing Clerk. After completing nursing school, I accepted a job in the ER (my dream)!

What made you want to be a nurse?
I have always been interested in helping others. Some of the greatest nurses I came to know took care of my grandfather and my father throughout their battles with cancer. Their kindness and passion for their work made me want to be just like them.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
Being an advocate for those that have no one else fighting for them. Having even the smallest impact on someone's life makes my career worth every hurdle I had to jump to get to where I am today.

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
No matter how long your journey takes, keep going! Never stop chasing your dreams.

Cynara Isli Clark   CAMC General Hospital, Emergency Department

Andrew Miller

How long have you worked at CAMC?
I started with CAMC in 2014 at the Teays Valley division as a nursing assistant/EKG tech.

What made you want to be a nurse?
My love for science and medicine, coupled with the ability to be able to advocate for my patients.
What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
There are so many uniquely cool aspects to nursing, however my favorite would be the critical thinking aspect of this career. Often times it's hard to plan out your shift, it requires improvising, expeditious thinking, and always acting in good faith.

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
I would tell them that it could potentially be the best decision they ever make. It sure was for me.

Anything to add?
Being a nurse often comes with multi-faceted layers of stress, especially in these uncertain times of a worldwide pandemic. With hard work comes the greatest of reward and success. Always look for the silver lining, it IS there!

Andrew Miller   CAMC Memorial Hospital, Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care Unit (CPICU)
Angie Mullins

How long have you worked at CAMC?
I started at CAMC as a Nurse Extern on 4 South at Memorial Division in 2010. I am currently a Neurosurgery Resource Nurse at CAMC General.

What made you want to be a nurse?
After graduating from nursing school in 2011, I worked on 4 South until I transferred to Surgery at General Division in September 2013. I became interested in health care after having children and having elderly family with illnesses. I went back to school after having another career. I didn’t realize until later in life how much I would like helping to take care of people by learning about the body systems and the teaching what’s involved with patients and cohorts.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
Nursing is an ever-evolving field which makes it challenging and interesting, knowing that you can help make a difference.


What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
As a teaching hospital, nurses have the opportunity to grow through the clinical ladder and working with new nurses, residents, med students and doctors fosters a great environment for learning and growth as a person.

Angie Mullins   CAMC General Hospital, Operating Room
Sally Jacob

How long have you worked at CAMC?
I have worked here for a total of 3 years

What made you want to be a nurse?
I decide to become a nurse because it is a well-respected, exciting field to work in where I am able to positively impact people’s lives daily.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
I love that every day is different as a nurse.

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
CAMC is a great teaching hospital and an excellent place to gain experience.

Sally Jacob   CAMC Memorial Hospital, Open Heart Surgery Progressive Care Unit

Emma Gilham

How long have you worked at CAMC?
11 years

What made you want to be a nurse?
It was a calling and I wanted to be in a career where I could help people and be in a position where I could advocate for them. I wanted to have a positive effect on the lives of my patients and their loved ones. Most importantly, to make a difference in someone’s life and to ensure that their voices were heard, needs met and that they are comforted during a stressful time in their life.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
Taking care of patients and their loved ones! It is truly a great honor and responsibility. I enjoy the holistic approach to nursing and feel that this is crucial in ensuring that each patient’s emotional, social and spiritual needs are met. Secondly, collaborating and working with a compassionate clinical team who ensures that the best care is provided to our patients daily. It is definitely team work and I could not do this without their talents and support.

Emma Gilham   CAMC Cancer Center, Nurse Navigator
Michaela Smith

How long have you worked at CAMC?
Nurse extern since November 2018 and a registered nurse since 2019

What made you want to be a nurse?
I had no desire to be a nurse as a child or after I graduated from high school. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter when I realized my true calling was to be a nurse. It took my husband and I several years to have my daughter and I also had to go to numerous appointments for several years. I had to have an emergency C-section after 3 days of labor and the different roles my nurses took on during my hospitalization made me realize that I also wanted to be the light during someone else’s most vulnerable time.

What’s your favorite part of being a nurse?
My favorite part of being a nurse is knowing that I get to be my patient’s advocate even when they feel like no one is listening to them. I like how I can make a personal connection with each and every one of them and provide the quality of care I would want for my own family.

What would you say to someone who’s considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse?
CAMC has an awesome six-month residency program and they offer numerous growth opportunities for their staff that other hospitals may not be able to offer, such as college reimbursements, shared governance, support for nurses to expand our knowledge through ongoing education, and clinical ladders are just to name a few things.

Anything to add?
I am from Texas and grew up in the military. I am used to seeing people from different ethnic backgrounds and different walks of life. I like that CAMC has a lot of diverse students and employees since it is a teaching hospital and that gives us a chance to learn how to work together as a team.

Michaela Smith   CAMC Memorial Hospital, Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care Unit (CPICU)