Employee Campaign donations help fund many important Community Health Network employee scholarships, including the one helping Jeremy Nivens become a nurse. Jeremy shares his story, in his own words.

I have worked as a pastor part-time for a small church in Anderson for the past 10 years, as well as part-time in behavioral health services within Gallahue here at Community.

I have had a tremendous amount of respect for nurses after watching them care for patients as I sat beside hospital beds with parishioners for spiritual support. I have witnessed with great admiration their skill and professionalism, and I have marveled at the way they comfort and ease patients, as well as show compassion and care for the families of the sick or dying.

But it wasn’t until my son had a near-tragic accident that I personalized the impact a nurse can have in someone’s life, because the nurses at Community were incredible in how they treated and related to my son and to my family. They not only took good care of him, they took good care of two nervous parents as well. When my son was discharged with a full recovery prognosis with time, several of the nurses who cared for our family gave us hugs and showed how much they cared.

When I pulled out of the parking lot with my son in the backseat, I turned to my wife and said, “If there was anything I would do for a living other than being a pastor, I would be a nurse.” Continuing that act of service by helping those in need physically would give me great joy and purpose in life.

Once I decided that nursing was the career choice for me, I looked at the scholarships offered by Community and found scholarships listed online. My scholarship has helped me make this career change because of the financial support it has offered me. Without that financial help, I would not have been able to go back to school.

The scholarship also opened doors for me to become a student nurse extern at The Indiana Heart Hospital within the surgical ICU. They are a fantastic group of people to work with and they have taught me a lot of nursing skills that will enhance my career from the very start.

Currently, I am attending St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette, and will be graduating in July with a BSN. If there is an opening, I would like to work in the ER or in the ICU following graduation.