NRMC Nurses Earn Master’s Degrees


Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce the graduation of Jessica Cornett, RN, and Teresa Reed, RN from Walden University, each with a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

“We are excited to see what the future holds for these two exceptional nurses,” said Tara Garrett, RN and Clinical Administrator at NRMC. “They are dedicated professionals and we are proud to have them on our team. It will be hard to fill their shoes, but we are very supportive of their achievements and aspirations.”

After many long days and sleepless nights, the two emergency department nurses are grateful to have completed their academic careers as they graduated February 9 from a two-year online program. Throughout their educational journeys, both women have had to spend considerable time away from their individual families, including their daughtersReed having three and Cornett having four. While their children have been supportive and understanding, Cornett and Reed are looking forward to having more time to spend with them.

Both Cornett and Reed were raised in the Nevada area and traveled along the same path of higher education together. The two women first earned Associate’s Degrees from Crowder University in Nevada, and each went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Central University of Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. They each have worked at NRMC for ten years, working first on the Medical/Surgical unit before moving into the Emergency Department. And they both say they will miss working there.

“I like the acuity of the ED,” Reed said. “You never know what’s going to come in and it’s always challenging. It’s never mundane or routine.”

“What I like most about our ER is the family,” Cornett said. “We’ve all worked here for a long time and we’ve made lifelong friends with the people we work with. It’s kind of sad to leave them.”

Having earned a Master’s Degree, each has the ultimate goal in mind of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, after passing one final hurdle – board exams. Once boards are passed, Cornett and Reed may be going separate ways for the first time, but they each plan to continue working for NRMC, possibly in acute or primary care.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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