Barrett Walton knew that the health care field was for him but wasn’t so sure about nursing. But, after just a few courses in college, he fell in love with every aspect of nursing and is now working in the progressive care unit at East Cooper Medical Center. New to the field, Walton is one of the youngest nurses in
the department and strives to learn from his team every day.
“Everyone here is really great to work with. I was welcomed with open arms, and it’s so nice to have that,” he said.
His advice for anyone thinking about becoming a nurse: “It’s not easy, but you learn something new every day and that makes it really exciting.”
Barrett has resided in the Lowcountry his whole life and enjoys every aspect of living here, including spending time on his boat and being active outdoors.
MSN, ARNP, FNP-C
Kori Frank graduated from Jacksonville University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and then worked for 10 years as a nurse before pursuing her master’s in nursing from the University of South Carolina. She is now a nurse practitioner with Palmetto Primary Care Physicians in family medicine.
“I chose the primary care setting as it enables me to prevent disease and educate my patients on how to live healthier lifestyles, which is one of my passions. I love family medicine particularly because I am able to take care of mom, dad, brother, baby and the grandparents. This in turn helps me take better care of the patient as a whole. I really get to know these people. They are like family at the end of the day,” she said.
Her advice to anyone wanting to pursue a career in nursing: “Never stop learning, and always ask questions. This field, no matter what specialty you are in, will require lifelong learning, as guidelines change day to day.”
Nicole Mosley credits her upbringing in a military family with her passion for giving back to the men and women who serve our country. Now as an assistant nurse manager for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Savannah Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Mosley said she is proud of the work the VA has done during this unprecedented time.
“We have done a great job caring for the veterans, especially making sure they have access to care even if it is not face-to-face,” she said.
Mosley said the VA’s telehealth services have been successful: “We have been creative with care utilizing video and telephone appointments to keep veterans and our employees safe.”
She concluded, “Being a nurse is not just a job or career. It is who you are. Loving what you do shows in the care you provide to your patients. Patients put their trust in you. Don’t ever lose focus of that.”
MSN, RN, CNOR
It was a doctor Sherri Jones met while at the College of Charleston that encouraged her to pursue nursing.
“I have always loved helping and taking care of people,” she said. And, as for her specialty in the operating room: “It was during my rotation in nursing school that I fell in love with OR nursing.”
Now she is chief nurse of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s operative services.
“I started my nursing career as an LPN, and, after eight years, decided to go back to school. I continue to see the
value that education has played in my development.”
She concluded: “Being a nurse offers you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and this will
bring you more joy than you can imagine.”