The Path Back to School
Since graduating in 1989 with degrees in Business Administration and Human Services, Jenny worked in the Kansas City Metro, eventually ending up in the small town of Higginsville, MO, where she and Jeff raised their two children, Arielle ’12 and Gage.
When the children left for college, Jenny found herself with an empty nest and a “there’s got to be more than this” feeling. She began toying with the
idea of going back to Graceland to major in Nursing. Jenny’s older sisters, Kerri Mead ’74 Booth and Mindy Mead ’76 Day, became Registered Nurses (R.N.s) through Graceland’s School of Nursing, and Jenny has always had an interest in the area, particularly after a hospital stay when a compassionate nurse took some of her personal time to rub lotion on Jenny’s back. Though the field of nursing appealed more and more, hesitations kept Jenny from returning to school.
As Gage and Arielle were contemplating their career paths, Jenny recommended Nursing to them. Arielle, who had been thinking about a degree in Art, found her Science classes on Graceland’s Lamoni campus intriguing and eventually declared a Nursing major.
As Arielle navigated the challenges of Nursing School, it inspired Jenny to take pre-requisite classes for Graceland’s School of Nursing. And when Arielle finished her final semester of Nursing School and prepared to take her NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse, Jenny found herself back in the classroom, following in her daughter’s footsteps.
“I think I was living vicariously through Arielle for a while. She became
“Being an ER R.N., you have have that Graceland experi
my motivation and now, a few semesters into nursing school, she is my cheerleader,” said Jenny.
Arielle has been helping her mother explore the intricacies of nursing school, including everything from PowerPoint tutorials to “don’t stress” pep talks. The two have even experienced some of the same professors.
“My older sister Mindy had Dr. Voshall as a professor, then Arielle had her, and now I have her. Dr. Voshall has been teaching that long, but her enthusiasm for teaching and her drive to stay current on what’s new in the field persist; she is simply amazing,” said Jenny.
“She became my motivation and now, a few semesters into nursing school, she is my cheerleader."