Meet Kate Whitcomb

On December 15th, the Golden West College School of Nursing will hold its Completion Ceremony (aka Pinning Ceremony) and Kate Whitcomb will be among the graduates. As a member of the completion committee for the ceremony she is very excited for the day to arrive. “Pinning is different from graduation because it is a smaller, intimate ceremony where we are pinned by our teachers with the School of Nursing pin. We can then come back in May to participate in Golden West’s traditional graduation,” Kate explained.
Kate chose Golden West because “it has an amazing reputation for their Nursing Program.” After finishing the program she has only good things to say about it. “All of the instructors have so much knowledge and experience in all aspects of nursing. They are very supportive and create an ideal learning environment.”

Although Kate knows it will be sad to say goodbye to the classmates that she has spent the last two years with, she is looking forward to starting her career.  She hopes to gain experience by working on a general medical/surgical floor at a hospital while pursuing her Bachelors in Nursing.  Eventually she would like to become a Nurse Practitioner. “My ultimate goal is to work with kids in underprivileged countries,” shared Kate.
Kate’s greatest challenge while going through the nursing program has been keeping her life in balance. She is amazed that she has managed to juggle nursing school, work, family, and volunteering. “It has been hectic and stressful at times, but definitely worth it!”
Golden West may not have seen the last of Kate Whitcomb. She has taken 5 years of sign language and would love to come back and earn a degree in Interpreting at GWC.