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Nurse Testimonials

CAMC Nurses: What's your reason?

At Charleston Area Medical Center, nurses play a vital role in delivering high-quality health care to our community. For our nurses, it’s not just a job – it’s a calling. We invite you to hear from some of our amazing nurses who share their stories – their paths, their experiences and their hopes for the future of nursing.

Tina Powers, RN, Nurse Manager
5 West – CAMC Memorial Hospital
Worked at CAMC: 27 years

From the time I can remember when I was a little girl, I always said I wanted to be a nurse. I am not really sure what prompted that feeling/desire. I didn’t have any nurses in my family as role models but I am a very “mothering” type of person, even at a young age. I was the oldest sibling and loved taking care of my younger siblings, grandparents and parents. I have always been drawn to medical topics and movies/television shows about nursing/medical field.

My favorite part about being a nurse is knowing I made a positive difference in the life of someone else. I kind of like the gross stuff too (like purulent drainage and all of that)!

I am always looking for potential nurse prospects and I always tell them that nursing is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and exciting careers you could ever have. I also tell them it is one of the most challenging and exhausting careers too – definitely not for the faint of heart! If you are a naturally caring, compassionate person, you can be a nurse! There are so many options for nurses so you will always be challenged and always be learning something new!

Travis Young, RN, Clin Nurse II
4 South – CAMC Memorial Hospital
Worked at CAMC: 22 years

I started here right out of high school as an attendant for five years, and then was a HUC for three years. By that time, CAMC just felt like home, so I decided to go to nursing school. I could see Nursing offered opportunities and the stability I was looking for. I had too many friends that had college degrees and no job available to them when they were finished. Only student loans! With a nursing degree I'd never have to worry about not finding a job.

Now I've been an RN here for 14 years. My favorite part of being a nurse is there's always something new to do and learn. I love the scheduling flexibility and the teamwork atmosphere that I enjoy with my coworkers. If I was trying to talk others into coming here, I would just stress that if the quality of care you give to your patients is important to you then there's no other option in this area. And no matter what type of nursing specialty you’re interested in, we have it here!

Stephanie Fox, RN, Clin Nurse III
Gynecology - CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital
Worked at CAMC: 12 years

I knew at an early that I wanted to help people. When my cousin went into med school, he was the inspiration for me to pursue health care. It wasn’t until high school, when I was in the library doing research on careers, that I decided that nursing was the route I wanted to take. Ever since then, I've been driven to care for patients the best ways possible.

I do have a special place in my heart for oncology. My oncology patients are amazing women. The heart and drive they possess is inspiring. Not only do I care for them and their families, but they have an effect on me in return.

If there is anyone who is considering becoming a nurse for CAMC, I want them to know how this is one of the most rewarding careers. CAMC offers so many opportunities to find where your true heart lies, to advance your career and the opportunities for growth is unlimited. The work family I have here I wouldn’t trade for anything. We laugh together, we cry together, we care together.

Candice Sharps, RN, Clin Nurse IV
Labor & Delivery - CAMC Women and Children's Hospital
Worked at CAMC: 8 years

I have worked at CAMC since 2009. I started as a nurse extern on Labor and Delivery my last year of nursing school and graduated and passed my boards in 2010.

My mom is a registered nurse. She has worked for CAMC for over 25 years. I always knew how much she loved her job. It was rewarding for her and she was good at it. I have always looked up to her and knew that this was what I was born to do, as well. This is the only career I have ever wanted to have and I feel so blessed that all the stars aligned for me.

I love taking care of patients. There is nothing better than being a small part of one of the best days in my patient's lives. Helping mothers delivering their babies is such a wonderful experience. It makes my job easy to love.

CAMC has always been wonderful to me. I have always felt at home with this organization. I love my managers and my coworkers. There is plenty of opportunity to grow in your career.

Natalie Northcutt, RN, Clin Nurse II
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit – CAMC General Hospital

Worked at CAMC: 8 years

I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. I was very close to my aunt growing up and she is a nurse. I always strived to be like her. My favorite part of being a nurse is having the daily opportunity to greatly impact someone's life, whether it be the patient, a family member, physician, or any other healthcare worker. Being a nurse allows me to utilize my knowledge to fulfill my dream of saving lives and to provide the best care to every patient/family I encounter.

CAMC nursing will encourage you to be the best nurse you can be and will supply every tool necessary for you to provide the best care to your patients. CAMC nursing will endlessly enhance your knowledge and will allow you to flourish daily as a nurse.

My advice to nurses: Always take care of every patient as if they were your family member. Treat your patients as you would want yourself or your family members to be treated.

Caitlin Jackfert, RN, Clin Nurse III
5 South – CAMC General Hospital

Worked at CAMC: 7 years

I enjoy taking care of people and wanted to be able to give back to my community. My favorite part of being a nurse is seeing a hurt patient get well. I enjoy seeing old patients when they come back for follow-up appointments. Nursing, and especially CAMC, provides many different options and opportunities. There is plenty of room to grow and thrive in this organization.

James Tucker, RN, Clin Nurse I
Medical/Surgical/Telemetry – CAMC Teays Valley

Worked at CAMC: 6 years

My sister worked as a nursing assistant at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital and insisted I try what she does. I had never really considered a career in healthcare. I began employment as a NA in 2011 and after two months, I knew I wanted to be able to do more for the patients and go back to school to become a registered nurse.

I applied to the Nurse Education Assistance Program (NEAP) offered through CAMC Workforce Development and was accepted! Being a nursing assistant and working beside so many truly amazing nurses combined with the desire to help people made me want to become a nurse.

My favorite part of being a nurse is that no matter how bad things can get, there is always one patient that will remind you of why you do this in the first place. Just knowing you were there for them on probably one of their worst day makes it all worth doing.

I highly recommend graduate nurses who want to begin their career on the right track to consider CAMC. The Nurse Residency program is unbeatable! It offers a smooth transition from student nurse to registered nurse. At CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, we have great team work, kind and compassionate staff members, and it is a wonderful place to work.

Emily Toole, RN, Clin Nurse IV
Medical/Surgical/Telemetry – CAMC Teays Valley

Worked at CAMC: 6 years

In high school, I had to go to the ER to get stitches. I remember the nurses being so kind and caring and it had a big impact on me. They were strangers who made a difference in that moment of my life. That is when I decided to be a nurse. I loved the idea of being able to make a difference in someone’s life and helping them through a difficult situation.

My favorite part of being a nurse is serving people every day. Being in the hospital as a patient, family member or friend is not usually a fun experience and I love that I can help make their experience better. I love trying to brighten their day and show them that I care for them by putting their needs first and being the best nurse I can.

If you are considering becoming a part of CAMC, I say come join us. I love my job and can honestly say I enjoy what I do. I feel that my co-workers are a true work family and I feel supported by my managers and hospital administration. CAMC constantly encourages the advancement of my skills and professional growth. Also, CAMC's mission of striving to provide the best health care to every patient, every day is something I believe in and stand behind.

Derek Hager, RN, Clin Nurse II
Operating Room – CAMC General Hospital

Worked at CAMC: 1 year

I always knew I wanted to do something that involved helping others. I saw nursing as a great opportunity to do this and so much more for the people in our surrounding area.

My favorite part of being a nurse is that I have the opportunity to care for others and have a chance to make a positive impact on their lives. I can honestly say I love what I do.

If you're considering coming to CAMC to be a nurse, come join us! We would love for you to join our team!