In nursing, there is always something new to learn. That is why T’Keyah Womack, who graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2016, enjoys it so much. T’Keyah is currently pursuing her BSN online through Chamberlain University, but she also gains new knowledge on the job as a nurse at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. “We’ve been learning about some new software that allows doctors and healthcare professionals to communicate with people who don’t speak English,” T’Keyah explains. “Whether they speak a foreign language or sign language, this video software allows us to communicate and help patients.”
Being able to help patients is what motivated T’Keyah to enter the nursing field. She studied pharmacy technology as well, but she didn’t get to interact with patients in the same way. “Nursing is not an easy job at all, but to be able to help someone and make their life better, even if it’s not always the outcome you are hoping for—I enjoy that a lot.”
When talking about her job, T’Keyah emphasizes her roots—she was born and raised in Halifax, and her mother is an LPN who is studying at Danville Community College to become an RN. She worked in the dietary department at Sentara when she was in high school, and is comfortable there. “We work well together, like a close-knit family,” she says.
As a young nurse, T’Keyah is aware of the need to work hard: she graduated from Halifax County High School, where she participated in Southside Virginia Community College’s dual enrollment program and graduated with an associate’s degree in Arts and Sciences. Her advice to other young people who are entering the field, or pursuing a higher degree in nursing: “You have to continually encourage yourself—it’s tough in the beginning, but you can stick it out.”