Clinton-Kenneth Spell, a current senior nursing student here at Sampson Community College (SCC), is a recent recipient of the Angels of Mercy Nursing Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving student each year within the SCC Nursing Program to help fund their educational endeavors. It was established in honor of Grady Broadwell, SCC’s Nursing Instructor for 18 years.
Spell, who also goes to Gage, began taking college classes in his junior and senior years in high school through SCC’s Career & College Promise Program (CCP). It is now part of SCC’s Associate of Nursing (ADN) degree program, which began in the fall of 2020. Spell plans to complete his ADN program in the spring of 2022.
He stated that positive reviews from his friends and family prompted him to apply to SCC’s ADN Program. But what drove him to stay was the home-like atmosphere that SCC provided.
Spell noted, “I’ve heard a lot of good things about their nursing program. I’ve known a lot of family and friends who were on campus, and I’ve heard great reviews about it from them. To me, SCC feels right at home.”
SCC’s nursing programs require students to perform clinical hours at local hospitals. This allows students to participate in on-the-job training and hands-on work. Spiel expressed that these tasks taught him the hard work and dedication needed to succeed in the nursing profession.
Of the clinics, Spell said, “For this class, I have a 12-hour shift at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. We get there when it gets dark and we don’t go out until it gets dark. I enjoy it, but I still get used to being there for 12 hours straight” .
Through nursing, Spell hopes to give back to his local community and take care of others from his kind heart.
He explained, “I remember cases in my life when nurses played a huge role in taking care of my family. I saw how they made a difference in our lives, and I hoped to give back to others just as they gave me.”
Dr. Lisa Smith, Head of Nursing at the College of Dentistry, noted that Spell is an outstanding student in the nursing program. I mentioned d. Smith has personally witnessed her admiration for the spelling expressed by faculty, peers, and members of the community.
She expressed, “Cage is a young man who dedicates himself to nursing studies. He is professional and has a positive outlook despite all challenges. He is an asset to our nursing program.”
When asked if there were any private tutors who helped him on his journey, Spell noted that Dr. Smith was a wonderful teacher and advisor. Spell said her graduation from SCC’s nursing program really helps with her teaching, because she knows all about it.
“Dr. Smith has been really encouraging, and she always makes me feel good. She also gives you good feedback and lets you know where you need to improve. It just gives so much energy.”
Dr. Sabrina Pope, Degree Coordinator in Nursing, Practical Nurse Instructor, and School of Medicine Nurse Educator also stated that she was delighted to hear about Spell’s upcoming article because he is a really cool and well mannered student.
She said, “Gage has grown from a reserved student to a passionate student since starting his Fall 2020 nursing program. In the clinical setting, he is a great team player, and he is eager to learn new things to advance his knowledge. I see Gage doing great things in the future!”
After graduation, Spell plans to look for a job locally. Express a desire to work in the emergency room or intensive care unit. Within five years, he saw himself married and giving back to his community by holding a steady nursing job.
Along with his family and teachers, who have been both incredible motivators and mentors to him, Spell has expressed that his scholarships, including the Angels of Mercy Nursing Scholarship Fund, have greatly influenced his college career. They allowed him to focus directly on school, without having to worry about finances.
He explained, “If it wasn’t for all the scholarships and financial aid I received, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get into the nursing program as I did. You don’t really have time to work because it is a fast paced program. Scholarships really help you take your mind off of having to work so much. They take the anxiety away.” That you have to pay the school fees because you know you have those scholarships.”
Spell expressed that he would definitely recommend SCC’s ADN program to other potential students. Not only are the instructors and curriculum great, but the program has also taught him valuable life lessons such as hard work and dedication.
“It’s a great program and the instructors are great. They offer so many resources to help you succeed, and they are there to help you. SCC Nursing is a great program, and I really enjoy it.”
For more information about associate degree nursing program or scholarship opportunities, visit www.sampsoncc.edu/associate-degree-nursing or www.sampsoncc.edu/scholarships.