MNU Nurses Learn Deeper Meaning of Patient Care

Oct. 4, 2016 - by Shari Flanagan

Lenzie (’16) and McKenzie (’16) Vulgamore grew up in a small town in southeastern Kansas. With their family close by, their grandparents had an impact on their career choices.  Their grandmother, a nurse, taught them about compassion, hope and prayer.  And while they were young, they watched their grandfather die of cancer.

During their senior year of high school, a representative from MNU shared her story at a church camp they both attended.  They left camp knowing that MNU was where they belonged.

When the Vulgamore twins began MNU’s nursing program, they were excited for the opportunity to “be God’s hands and feet,” as Lenzie puts it.  MNU’s nursing program was unique. Not only was it highly revered for it’s academic excellence, but the instructors taught their students how to care for people on a deeper level.  “Our instructors invested in us personally,” says McKenzie, “I remember one instructor walking through the aisles, praying for us as we took a very difficult test.”

With graduation just around the corner, the instructors at MNU arranged mock interviews with several local hospitals including Kansas University Medical Center. Soon after, the Vulgamore twins attended an open house at KUMC, where they were surprised at the overwhelming welcome from the unit managers there.  They scheduled interviews, shadowed the hospital’s nurses at their jobs and were hired almost immediately. In fact, almost half of their nursing class was hired at KUMC.

 McKenzieLenzie 22McKenzie and Lenzie Vulgamore at work at KUMC.

Working the night shift in the oncology department, the twins are finding a way to honor both their grandparents.  At the same time, they are living their dreams of bringing emotional support, prayer and joy to people in need of hope. They found a way to be the hands and feet of God.

 

 

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