Employees go back to school, too

Three employees were recently awarded education assistance funds from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.  From left, Miki Struthers, CMA; Robben Stanley CMA; and Paige Bates, CMA.

Three employees were recently awarded education assistance funds from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. From left, Miki Struthers, CMA; Robben Stanley CMA; and Paige Bates, CMA.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America offers assistance to employees for accredited educational programs leading to a certification, license or degree. Three of our employees have received scholarships to pay for education-related expenses in the 2016-17 school year!

ROBBEN STANLEY, certified medications aide (CMA) in health care; certified nursing assistant (CNA)

How are you furthering your education? I’d like to pursue getting into a nursing program. I’m trying to get my prerequisites out of the way.

How do you think it will help you? I really enjoy this field; I’ve been doing it for the majority of my adult life. I’d just like to further my education so I can better assist people and be able to do more things.

How has Presbyterian Manor helped you? Presbyterian Manor paid for my CMA class, which was great. I wouldn’t have been able to take it otherwise. Now I can pass meds, and I’ve become a little more familiar with treatment and medications. I’d like to maybe get more involved in that side of nursing.

What are your next steps or goals? I’d like to get my bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) and then I could go a lot of different ways. One of the things I’ve always been interested in is wounds, and there are nurses who do wound care.

PAIGE BATES, CNA, CMA, restorative aide in memory care

How are you furthering your education? I just earned an associate’s degree in science from Cowley College. Next, I’ll do the LPN program through Pratt Community College, then I’ll transfer to WSU for my RN and BSN.

How has Presbyterian Manor helped you? They’ve helped with my schedule and letting me work second shifts, scheduling the days that are more convenient with my classes. The scholarship will help pay for (school) costs. It definitely helped (to have support and financial assistance), and it has probably impacted my educational path.

What are your career goals? I’m not sure yet. It depends on if I like the hospital setting or the nursing home setting more.

MIKI STRUTHERS, CNA, CMA, certified restorative aide in memory care

What inspired you to go further in your education? My children and my family as a whole.

How has Presbyterian Manor helped you? I applied for scholarship, and they’re willing to work with my schedule when school comes around. That helps me be able to keep moving forward and gives me more of a goal to hurry up and do it. It’s keeping me motivated.

What are your next steps or goals? I just want to keep on moving forward and climbing the ladder. Eventually I would like to be a nurse anesthetist.