"Nursing is where my heart is" — My UACCM Story

2019 graduate Zoee Coffman came to UACCM with a plan to ultimately transfer to a university and graduate from medical school. Then she found her passion in nursing.

Woman in nursing scrubs
Zoee Coffman (Courtesy of Zoee Coffman)

Please describe your current work and career highlights.

I am a floor nurse at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville. I work on the Medical Surgical/Telemetry floor. I absolutely love all of the experience I am getting working in Med/Surg as we see some of everything and no two days are ever the same.

Was there a class or professor that was particularly meaningful or influential during your time at UACCM?

I think all of the practical nursing instructors, in one way or another, influenced who I am as a nurse whether it be skills from clinical that help me care for my patients physically or theory that provided me with knowledge to care for them medically.

What advice would you give to current students or your college self?

Stop procrastinating and show up to class on time. I was notorious for being right on time or late. However, it just made my mornings and getting to class more stressful than it needed to be. 

"It’s the little moments and details where the biggest differences are made."

What attracted you to your field? Any particular moment(s) that made you stop and think, “This is the path that is right for me?” 

I was originally pursuing a bachelor's degree at another university with medical school in my sights. However, I realized while working as an aide that nursing is where my heart is. Caring for patients on a more personal level is more for me that being a physician. It’s the little moments and details where the biggest differences are made. After much thought and prayer, I made the switch to nursing. 

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