|(Pictured from the left: Cole Memorial’s Chief Nurse Emily Bunell, Nurse Manager Amanda Swanson, RN, Kayle & Connie Perkins, PhD.)|
Connie Perkins, PhD, a Registered Nurse (RN) at Cole Memorial Hospital’s medical-surgical care unit, recently graduated from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a doctorate of philosophy degree (PhD). Her dissertation topic was Associate Nurse Admission Status and Baccalaureate Enrollment Influence: A Rural Pennsylvania Study.
As a Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania native, Connie originally joined Cole Memorial in 2005 as a high school Student Aid before studying to be a Certified Nurses’ Assistant (CNA) in 2008, and continuing to work at Cole while earning her R.N. designation.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing and a Master’s of Science degree in nursing leadership and administration from Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. In addition, Connie is a Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.
“I have a passion for rural healthcare and focused on this subject throughout my academic program,” said Connie Perkins, PhD. “I believe the knowledge I gained through my coursework, will not only be valuable for enhancing patient care, but I’m now able to increase students’ awareness about the opportunities and the positive health impact smaller, rural hospitals provide to their communities.”
Dr. Perkins resides in Shinglehouse with her husband Kayle, who is a Nurse Supervisor at Cole Memorial Hospital, and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys bass fishing with her husband and spending time with family.
For more information about a nursing career at Cole Memorial, visit http://www.colememorial.org/careers.aspx.