NECC Builds Pathway to Career in Health Care for Lawrence Woman
Jenny Nunez, a married mother of four, always knew she wanted a career in the medical field, but after graduating from Lawrence High School in 2002, life got in the way of her dreams.
Pregnancy, a move out of state, and other challenges made it difficult for her to continue her education.
In 2011, she took a big step forward, enrolling in Northern Essex’s 10-month Phlebotomy Certificate Program (now the Healthcare Technician Certificate).
She proved to be an excellent student, and, before she even had time to look for a job as a phlebotomist, Linda Comeau, associate director of iHealth@NECC, suggested that Jenny continue on in the college’s nursing program. It didn’t take much convincing, and Jenny—then the mother of three—went on to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing with honors in 2013.
After passing her nursing boards that fall, she was working at a local nursing home. Four months later, she was hired by Holy Family’s Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill as a nurse on the 17-bed senior adult behavior medicine unit where she works with Alzheimer’s patients.
Jenny sees a lot of potential in the nursing field and she wants to be sure she’s prepared for the challenges. Last fall, she enrolled in Regis North, a bachelor’s degree completion program located on NECC’s Lawrence Campus, and she’s now working on her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Eventually, she would like to work in cardiac care.
“Nurses are taking on more responsibility, which is exciting, and I want to be sure I’m ready,” she says.