Where Are They Now
Graduate- Kelley Pippett
This is Kelley’s testimonial to what has been happening since graduating the Associate Degree Nursing program here at Carteret Community College in 2017. Kelley has been employed at The Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.
This is a letter from Kelley to her instructors in the ADN program.
“I am on an acute rehab critical care floor where I am learning so much. Our patients range in age from birth to 21 years old. We have traumatic and non traumatic brain injuries, spinal/orthopedic surgery patients, and renal patients. A lot of our rehab patients are recovering from some sort of a brain injury.
I want to thank every single one of you for all that you have done for me. I have had a few nurses I work with ask me where I worked before and when I tell them that this is my first nursing job they are shocked because of how confident I am on the floor. I know this is because of all the clinicals we had and how much time and effort you all (instructors) put in to get us to a level of a practicing nurse. My preceptor has told me how impressed she is with all my documenting skills and how I am able to balance multiple patients at the same time, I tell her that I was blessed with an amazing nursing school and with amazing instructors.
I am in a group of new nurse grads on my floor and although they all come from a BSN program and I feel that I was more prepared to get onto the floor than they were.Once again thank you all for everything that you did for me, I am so grateful for Carteret’s Nursing program!”
Graduate- Ed Keating
Ed Keating was in CCC’s very first Advanced Degree Nursing program, graduating in 2007. He also won our very first college Alumni award in 2017.
Mr. Keating earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 while working full-time in the Emergency Department at Wake Medical Center.
During the years of 2010 – 2014, Mr. Keating was an integral part of improving the patient flow in the adult emergency department and was nationally recognized for his efforts. He co-authored a presentation outlining the results of their successful implementation of the “Split-model” method to improve Emergency room patient flow.
In 2015, Mr. Keating was selected to serve as the Manager for the Children’s Emergency Dept at Wake Medical Center. While in that position, he was impacted by the incidence of abuse and sexual exploitation of children and the challenge for health care providers in recognizing the signs and then taking measures to protect those most vulnerable in our population. As a result, he has authored a number of articles relative to this topic:
*Keating, E., Farmer, J (9/2016) “Shelter From The Storm: Improving Pediatric Behavioral Health Care in an Emergency Setting by Recognizing Basic Human Needs.” Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
*Keating, E., Farmer, J (9/2016) “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Impact of ED Photo-Documentation in Prosecuting Childhood Sexual and Physical Assault.” Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
*Keating, E (12/2016) “Time is Key: Pediatric Behavior Patients – Improving Care, Safety and Satisfaction” 5th Annual Cone Health Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, Greensboro
*Keating, E. (4/2015). “Behavioral Holding Patients in the CED: A Basic Human Needs Approach”. Wake AHEC Pediatric Conference, WakeMed Hospital, Raleigh, N.C.
Graduate- Logan Okun
“After completing my Bachelor’s degree I struggled to find work, much less a career. So in 2014 I enrolled in CCC’s Paralegal Technology Post Baccalaureate Diploma program. At that time, I was able to find work at a local law firm reporting to three attorneys. The skills I learned and experiences I was exposed to both in the program and field were worth their weight in gold. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that a paralegal degree can only be used in the legal system. However, after completing the program and 2 ½ years with the law firm I was able to seamlessly transfer my paralegal skill set to an opportunity outside of the legal profession. Because of CCC’s program and the exceptional instruction I received, I am proud to hold the title of Executive Director of the President’s Office at Carteret Community College.”
Graduate- Kayte M Floyd
Former (star) student here! I am turning 30 tomorrow and wanted to reach out to give y’all a (brief) update. You may or may not remember that I graduated in 2015 while working at Schulz Stephenson Law in Beaufort. Sundee Stephenson had hired me as a 2nd year Paralegal student. In November 2015, my husband separated from active duty service with the Marine Corps; he was unable to find a job in the local area, but he was offered a job in Florida, so we relocated. I was ready to job hunt again, I requested a letter of recommendation from Sundee. She gave me the best letter of recommendation. I would say that this letter is a reflection of not only myself as an employee, but also as a student who graduated from Carteret Community College with THE BEST Paralegal advisors/professors.
On March 8, 2017, I began working at a small Family Law Firm at Jacksonville Beach (Simpson & Paull, P.L.) and I have been working full time as the discovery paralegal, alongside the Senior Legal Assistant (who has been with this particular firm for 30 years!). I have my very own office, with my name on a plaque by the door, and my degrees are on the wall on display for all of the clients that I interact with to see. I have become very attached to my current work family, I am treated well and praised often, and I anticipate staying put at this job long-term.
I am extremely proud of being a graduate of Carteret Community College’s Paralegal Technology program and I attribute many of my accomplishments to the dedication you showed to your students each and every day. I am proud of how far I have come in my career and I would not have been able to make it this far without your guidance. I sincerely thank you, you have a special place in my heart!!!
Graduate- Lt. Commander Bill Geraty
Navy Lt. Commander Bill Geraty, class of 1999 , completed his AAS degree in Paralegal Technology while serving in the Marine Corp as a court reporter. Geraty went on to earn his undergraduate degree and then served as an instructor at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. While teaching at Naval Justice he attended Roger Williams School of Law on full scholarship and earned a law degree. After passing the Connecticut bar exam he accepted a commission in the US Navy where he joined the JAG Corps.
As a JAG officer Geraty was deployed to Afghanistan where he trained Afghani legal professionals. Geraty is currently serving in Washington, DC as trial and appellate defense counsel in the JAG Corps.
“The only diploma I have on my wall is the one I got from Carteret Community College.”
Graduate- Melissa Smith
Upon graduating high school, I cautiously deliberated on the career path I would choose. Through my uncertainty, I decided to take prerequisite classes first. By the next semester, I incorporated classes of interest that would direct my path where I would earn not one, but two degrees in Office Administration and Medical Office Administration.
Some of the Honors I received while earning my degrees were being inducted into the Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honor Society and The National Society of Leadership and Success The Professional Development helped me organize and design a portfolio. The portfolio coupled with several mock interviews, and a recommendation from my advisor gave me the opportunity of employment, even before graduation.
Two months before I graduated in May 2016, I began my career at Carteret OB-Gyn. It was the perfect placement for me. I just celebrated my two year anniversary there in April and couldn’t be happier. The Office Administration and Medical Office Administration programs at Carteret Community College made all my dreams come true and for that I am eternally grateful.
Like many other seniors in high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After taking an anatomy class in high school, I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. I have always worked in customer services and loved it. I knew that Medical Office Administration was the right program of study for me, it combined two things I loved helping people and learning about medical diagnosis and procedures.
I graduated May 2016 with an Associates in Medical Office Administration. One of my favorite classes in the program was Medical Terminology 1 and 2. I loved learning how to pronounce medical procedures and vocabulary. I credit this class to helping me in my day-to-day job. My second favorite class was Medical Coding. I loved reading the scenarios and having to search massive textbooks for a code. It was like a giant scavenger hunt!
We all know that working in the medical field everything is computer based now. Medical Office Simulation is a class that you could walk into any medical facility and be able to know what to do. When I started working at Carteret OB-Gyn Associates, I shadowed for a couple days and I watched them use Athena EMR. Athena is very similar to this class’s Electronic Medical Record program. I was able to work on my own after a week of shadowing and learning all the processes. Without taking the class I am sure it would have taking me at least two weeks to learn how to use the program.
The most valuable class I took was Professional Development. The instructor was amazing at making sure we had all the steps to be successful in the work place. We started with creating our resumes. Once we finished we started to put together our portfolios. While putting together my portfolio I realized how much I have accomplished throughout school. My instructor made sure that our classes portfolios were the best representation of us for our future employers. The next step for getting a job was an interview. One class project was called “mock interviews” and as stressful, as this project was it was extremely beneficial.
Medical Office Administration is a great program of study. I met amazing mentors and friends. I have really benefited from this program. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get into the medical field. You can work just about anywhere with this program the possibilities are endless. I think knowing that I could work in any field that interest me was the true selling point. I also want to thank my instructors for helping me get my job at Carteret OB-Gyn Associates. I do not know where I would be without their help and guidance.