Ozarka College has recently expanded its health care offerings because of the need for professionals in the allied health field. The practical nursing program has tripled in size with new programs in Ash Flat and Mountain View; the ARNEC program will be accepting twice as many students for its next class of students; and the new Partners for Care grant will offer students the opportunity to obtain a certificate of completion for personal care aide and certified nurses aide (CNA).
Misty Scrivner has completed LPN and RN through Ozarka College and has gone on to become an asset in the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit of White River Medical Center called "Senior Haven."
After completing her practical nursing degree in December of 2002 and working at WRMC in different capacities, she was accepted into the ARNEC program (Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium) and graduated in December of 2006 through Ozarka.
Misty says the best advice she can give others interested in nursing as a career is to work as a CNA (certified nurses assistant) or in the health care field in some way. "Some people may not be cut out to be a caregiver in the medical field. I think becoming a CNA and working in the field to get some hands-on experience is the best way for potential students to get a feel for what it takes," she said.
Medical Director for Senior Haven, Dr. Witold Czerwinski describes Misty as one of the best nurses he has ever encountered. "I knew Misty when she worked here as an LPN and she was excellent then; but completing her RN has given her the wings she needed to soar in her nursing career." He adds, "Misty is even better and more knowledgeable as an RN and I completely admire her for what she has accomplished."
Other colleagues in Senior Haven who work with Scrivner have the utmost respect for her. Assistant Nurse Manager, Tonya Phillips; and Social Worker, Mary Orr both say she has great judgment, is trustworthy and is a team player. Phillips goes on to state, "she is quick, precise and correct in her work and is already taking the lead in teaching other student nurses, who come through Senior Haven, the skills and techniques she possesses in the nursing field." Her co-workers think so much of Misty that she was voted "Employee of the Month" for her department in July.
Living in Sidney with her two sons, Logan and Grayson, Misty worked as a nurse's aide at WRMC and at the nursing home in Sidney before deciding to go on and pursue her nursing education. She had started school in 1997, but admits she was not mature enough to handle it. She says God led her back several years later and she realizes it worked out for the best.
Misty is very family oriented and enjoys living in the country. She recently took a trip to San Francisco, Calif., for a conference and says even though she enjoyed the trip, it made her thankful to live in north-central Arkansas.
For information on any of the allied health programs offered at Ozarka College, contact the admissions department at 870-368-7371 or toll free 800-821-4335.