New Medical Professionals Adapting Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
This article is the third in a series of articles about how Central Baptist College alumni in various fields are adapting their work and ministry amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. This article shows how two alumni, who are new medical professionals, are adapting amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A pair of future nurses have had to rely heavily on the Lord during the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Baptist College alumni Meredith Hammontree and Casey Slayton both recently accepted jobs at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Meredith Hammontree, the daughter of Financial Aid Director, Tonya Hammontree, and the voice of the Mustangs, Shawn Hammontree, attended Central Baptist College from 2015-2017. While at CBC, Meredith majored in biology. She has spent the last two years working toward getting her RN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Recently, she was hired to be a registered nurse in the Hematology/Oncology ward at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Uncertainty and Waiting
“We had face-to-face interviews planned before everything got shutdown for COVID-19,” said Hammontree. “It delayed the process, but I was finally able to get a phone interview two weeks after my originally scheduled interview. My employers were trying to stay in contact, but there was so much confusion. The uncertainty and the waiting was the hardest part of the whole process.”
Needed Now More Than Ever
Hammontree, who starts her position at Children’s in July said she thought it was “cool to establish this chapter in my life during this time. It is really amazing to enter the medical field during this time, and we are needed now more than ever. We have to step up our games and learn new things. This is one thing that was certain during this time of uncertainty.”
Casey Slayton, the granddaughter of Central Baptist College Bible Department Chair and Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages, Dr. Joel Slayton, shared a very similar sentiment. “Our applications were due in February,” she added. “The interview process changed completely. We didn’t have an opportunity to do a face-to-face interview. It took a couple weeks to get everything back together.”
Slayton attended Central Baptist College from 2014-2017 and graduated with a degree in Biology. She is also finishing her RN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and will begin in the Infant/Toddler unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in July.
Have to be Flexible
Slayton added that the process around finishing school has been the most difficult thing. “It is very hard to finish nursing school online. I’m so glad I chose not to do the whole thing online in the first place. The worst part has been not being able to meet with professors every single day. Things are always changing and you have to be flexible. It has really been a challenge.”
Have you been called to the medical field like Meredith and Casey?
Are you looking for a college with degree programs in Biology, Health Sciences, and Molecular Bio-sciences?
Central Baptist College can help! Each year we help students get accepted into professional medical programs such as Medical Doctor, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Dental Surgery, Dental Hygiene, Chiropractic, Veterinary Medicine, and more.
Schedule a meeting with an Admissions representative by visiting cbc.edu/whyCBC.
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To see article one in this series, and to see future stories about how Central Baptist College alumni are responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic, be sure to visit cbc.edu/blog.