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STLCC Nursing Program Allows Wilderness to Achieve Her Dream

September 07, 2011

Krystal Wilderness  
Krystal Wilderness followed in her mother's footsteps
to become a nurse through St. Louis Community
College-Florissant Valley.

How does a married mother of two children who works full time manage to become a nurse?

In Krystal Wilderness’ case, it took sacrifice, perseverance and discipline. As a result, Wilderness graduated with an associate degree in nursing from St. Louis Community College last spring and now is practicing her trade at a pediatric office at DePaul Hospital.

“I was working full time as a medical assistant when I started the nursing program at Florissant Valley,” Wilderness said. “I had to cut back my work hours to prevent falling behind on the study time needed to keep up my grades, and that was a challenge in itself. During the day, if I wasn’t at work, I was in class. In the evenings, if I wasn’t in clinical, I was reading, studying or doing preclinical work.”

The time commitment took a toll on her family.

“I missed out on a lot of family events, and I occasionally had to remind myself of the reward at the end,” Wilderness said.

The reward was to follow in her mother’s footsteps – eventually. Wilderness sought a career in the medical field after high school graduation and worked for many years as a medical assistant. Like her mother, Wilderness dreamed of a career as a nurse. After researching her options, Wilderness chose STLCC-Florissant Valley.

“I was looking for a program with a reasonable cost, that was close to home and had a high passing rate on the NCLEX examination (required for licensure as a nurse),” said Wilderness, who lives in Florissant. “So I chose Florissant Valley.”

While it’s not recommended that students work while enrolled in the nursing program, Wilderness was able to do so. The training she received also allowed Wilderness to step right into her current job.

“I gained the skills, knowledge and confidence to care for patients in many aspects of nursing,” she said. “Successfully completing the program, taking the NCLEX examination with complete confidence, and fulfilling my dream couldn’t have been more rewarding.”

Discover if nursing is the right career for you. St. Louis Community College is hosting a nursing information session 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road. Prospective students will:

  • Learn about academic requirements and career options for registered nurses.
  • Hear from current students about their experiences in the program.
  • Participate in interactive sessions.
  • Find out how to get started at STLCC.

Registration is requested; call 314-539-5002 or visit www.stlcc.edu/CareerInfoSessions. For more information, call 314-539-5002 or e-mail AskUs@stlcc.edu. Individuals with disabilities who have accommodation needs should call 314-539-5002.