Called to Heal
Students have a variety of reasons for choosing where to attend college. For Farah Yekzaman ’09, William Jewell was the best place to pursue her life’s calling.

Farah originally planned to study dentistry, but these plans changed when her life took an unexpected turn. “The summer of my senior year in high school, my father was diagnosed with brain cancer,” Farah remembered.

This ordeal took her family to Duke University in North Carolina, where the same surgeon who later performed U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s own brain procedure operated on her dad. “I was totally inspired by the doctors and nurses. I knew I would love to help people in that way they had helped my dad,” she said.

After researching all the nursing programs in the area and the state, she “fell in love with Jewell. I really loved the environment, and especially how approachable professors were,” she said. “Every professor had high standards for students. They were eager for students to achieve.”

In addition to the rigor of Jewell’s top-rated nursing program, Farah was been involved in all aspects of the campus. She was an Emerging Leader, a resident assistant and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Farah was also elected secretary of her nursing class and Homecoming queen of the College.

Farah now works in labor and delivery at Liberty Hospital and would eventually like to become a nurse practitioner. She views the role of a nurse to serve the community and the whole person. “Yes, we’re there to help someone’s physical well-being. But we’re also there to just heal them – mentally and emotionally, as well. That’s the task I believe we should take on.”

Christopher Carpenter
Christopher Carpenter (BSN-AT) ’07 was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Missouri National Guard in 2009. He was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate in overall performance and also received an Army Commendation Medal and the Erickson Trophy. Chris has served in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a registered nurse at Truman Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit in Kansas City, Mo.

Chris recently wrote to Jewell nursing faculty, “The old saying goes that the enemy of ‘best’ is ‘good enough’ and Jewell challenged me to do better than ‘good enough’. I remain impressed by Jewell’s cultivation of Excellence in Practice.”

Recent graduates’ comments about Jewell’s Nursing Program:

“Now that I look back, everything the accelerated track program provided really prepared me. I can’t express even how grateful I am to have had such a wonderful nursing program. The preparation and thought that goes into the program is a true testament to the passion and dedication that William Jewell professors have to the profession of nursing.”

“About 13 months ago my therapeutic/bedside communication and quick responses to awkward comments didn’t come so naturally. Today I am culturally competent, possess nonjudgmental acceptance and I am, most importantly, self-aware. I  surprise myself on how quick I am  to comfort someone not by physical care itself, but by words. I have changed more in one year than my whole 24 years of life and for the better. I have the professors at Jewell to thank for these monumental changes in my life.”

“I wanted to tell the nursing instructors THANK YOU for MedCalc. I know we all absolutely hate doing it, but I had an interview today at Children’s Mercy in the Neonatal ICU and had to take a medication exam before my interview. Luckily, because of MedCalc I got 100%! Thank you a thousand times over.”

“The Jewell faculty comes from a wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences, and that diversity gave a lot of perspective to our nursing education. It helped to expose me to several points of view and generally helped new nurses recognize the ‘shades of grey’ we experience when we treat difficult cases that challenge our ethics or morals.”

“Jewell’s staff members are very service-oriented and I think most nurses feel compelled to be of service to their profession, their community, and to humanity.  I liked that so many of Jewell’s faculty members were involved in various forms of service.”“I find myself strongly advocating for patients, respectfully challenging doctors when appropriate, chasing family out of the room when my patients need rest, etc. I feel Jewell encouraged a proactive, ‘take charge’ approach that shows nurses their rightful place as patient advocates and as the one constant in a changing environment that the patient experiences.”