Wife, Mom, Grandma… and nurse: Michelle Hampton fulfills a dream | CraigDailyPress.com

Wife, Mom, Grandma… and nurse: Michelle Hampton fulfills a dream

Jeff Stoddard/For the Saturday Morning Press

Michelle Hampton proudly graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College's nursing program in May. Pictured left to right in the top row: Amber (daughter-in-law), Steve (son-in-law), Heather (daughter), Tiesha (daughter), Don and Doreen (parents), Michelle Hampton, Bill and Ryan (son). Bottom row from left to right: Brylee (granddaughter), Bryan (son) and Gunner (grandson).

Ask Michelle Hampton if it's possible for a grandmother to be successful in college and she'll say, "Absolutely. You just need an amazing husband, four supportive kids, seven sweet grand kids — and you should go to CNCC."

Michelle graduated this year with her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, and is thrilled that she finally had the opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream. "I've always wanted to be a nurse," she said. "But my kids came first. Now that they're on their own, it's my turn."

But it was far from easy. From filling out FAFSA forms for financial aid, to tackling the challenging course work, to finding the time to study, the two-plus years have been challenging, but, "totally worth it!" she said.

"I probably would have quit several times except for the acceptance and encouragement of the faculty and my incredible comrades," Michelle said. "Brayden Moya, Dawna Brewer, Ellen Luke, Sara Lasko, and Rachel Crosthwaite were not only my clinical group, they were my family away from home. We've built a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Want some advice from Michelle about going to college? "Take the leap!" she said. "Lean on your friends, your family, and your fellow students. They want you to succeed."

The next steps for Michelle are to pass the National Certification Licensure Exam in July. Then she plans to come back to Craig and work as an RN. The Nursing Program at CNCC boasts an 87 percent pass rate for the rigorous Licensure exam. The national average is 82 percent.

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