WCU Graduate Spotlight: Ashley Curtis

Posted on 02/16/2017

I probably won't do her story justice but I will try to give you a snapshot.  She is a senior student set to graduate in January.  She had a health issue early on in her program that interfered with her schedule.  She was overwhelmed by all of the support she received from WCU faculty.  She had several other hardships along the way but she wanted to confirm with you where this story would be shown before she went in to too much detail.  

Why did you choose to be a nurse?

I chose to be a nurse because I have watched my mother, a nurse, care for people and save people’s lives and not once complain. She has one of the softest hearts I know. I got to witness my dad, also a nurse, care for elderly persons whose families never visit them, become like a son to them and he would bring them snacks just as a small gesture of kindness. My family and I suffered a house fire when I was younger and I was able to save my dad and brother’s life. My dad spent time in the hospital and I got to see the healthcare team bring my dad back home to me. I watched and admired nurses care for my mother when she was hospitalized for her illnesses and I knew that I, one day, want to care for someone else’s mom so they can have a chance of seeing their loved one for at least one more day. Those nurses kept my family alive. I want the chance to do the same for someone else’s family.

What was your biggest challenge at WCU?

The biggest challenge was balancing two jobs and my class work while my family lived in New Mexico. I was hospitalized three times during the program and had to somehow keep up with my assignments. Luckily, a few of the professors took time out their own day to ensure that I was receiving all of the help I could get. Although most people didn’t know I was sick, no one knows that these professors have been angels in disguise the entire time. 

What inspires you?

As for who inspires me, my dad does. He and I have very similar personalities and he is one of the only people who can put me in my place and not offend me. He honestly helped me grow into the person I am today and I know he is proud of me, and that is a huge blessing. Finishing school and saving lives in two ways, would make my parents, who are both nurses, proud. That is what inspires me. 

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to become a nurse practitioner (ACNP) and do missionary work around the world. I get to combine two of my favorite things, which is caring for people with hurting bodies and souls, and share my love for Christ. I want to take my journey as a nurse a step further and provide healthcare for everyone, especially for those who really need it. 

What advice would you give a new nursing student?

If nursing is what you want to do, do it. No matter what crazy things come up in your life, there is no excuse, so push through it. This profession will question your love for this field, but I guarantee you will love it. Study even when you don’t feel like it, and don’t be afraid to bug your professors when you need help, they love it and will do everything they can to help you.  

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