Laura Middleton goes from nursing student, to nurse, to nurse educator
Laura Middleton, RN and House Supervisor at Curry General Hospital, wore a lot of different hats before becoming a nurse. Waitressing, real estate, and EMT work all kept her afloat until the timing was right to enter the nursing program at Southwestern. As a single mom attending nursing school, the challenges were many. Time away from her children was tough but in 2019 she graduated with her degree in nursing without having to relocate to go to school.
Middleton says, “One of the best things about this career is the opportunity and necessity for lifetime learning.” With that mindset, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University in 2021. An advanced degree qualified her to become a nurse educator as a clinical instructor at Curry General, training new nurses for Curry County and beyond. “I love my role as teacher. There are so many opportunities and options in nursing but all of them lead to helping others. My hope is that many of my students decide to apply and work in this hospital, which will benefit our local community.”
To learn more about nursing degrees at the Curry campus call 541-813-1667 or email SWOCCbound@socc.edu.