Emily Trail – Meridian Technology Center
CareerTech grad takes her new career path to heart.
Then: A disappointed applicant who had been denied acceptance into a college nursing program. Emily Trail was determined to become a nurse, however, and the Texas native said she’d heard great things about Meridian Technology Center. Trail enrolled in Meridian Tech’s licensed practical nurse program and immediately discovered her passion. In the LPN program, she
- Learned critical thinking skills for nursing and critical thinking skills for her daily life.
- Learned basic nursing techniques such as how to insert an IV, draw blood and properly remove staples and sutures.
- Learned study habits and time management skills that helped her pass her Health Education Systems Inc. entrance exam for the registered nurse program.
- Gained social skills that help her respond to patient concerns.
- Received her phlebotomist certification and LPN license.
“Before I enrolled in the LPN program, I was a procrastinator – not only on my schoolwork, but also in my everyday tasks,” she said. “The LPN program forced me to get things done early, which has significantly lowered my stress level.”
Trail said she uses the skills she learned at Meridian Tech every day in her job.
She also said the program provided her with a network of good friends.
“My favorite experiences from Meridian were the memories I made with my friends,” she said. “No matter what time of day it was, I could always count on them to help me if I needed them. We were attached at the hip during this program and literally did everything together, including daily study sessions.”
Now: A nursing student at Northern Oklahoma College and a nurse in the cardiology clinic at Stillwater Medical Center.
“I think CareerTech education is a great thing, especially for high school students who want to get a head start on their future careers,” she said.