Alumni Student Success: Adrianna Waldron

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Adrianna Waldron earned an A.A.S. in Nursing at Eastern WVCTC and a B.S. in Nursing at Western Governors University. She works at West Virginia University Medicine Grant Memorial Hospital, as a Registered Nurse/Charge RN, in the Medical Surgical Unit.


Adrianna Waldron

Degree(s) earned from Eastern and other schools:

Are you still taking classes? If so, where and what degree are you working toward?

Not currently enrolled.

Current Employer/Job (if applicable):

West Virginia University Medicine Grant Memorial Hospital – Registered Nurse/Charge RN, Medical Surgical Unit

What is something you learned (knowledge, training, skills) during your academic program that you utilize in your workplace and/or current studies?

Eastern provided me with my fundamental education that allowed me to become a licensed registered nurse. I felt very prepared going into my BSN program and was able to graduate a semester early from my program. I use my fundamental nursing knowledge each time I clock in to work and have been blessed to precept a nursing student for Eastern for the first time this past year. Eastern made me a nurse, and now I am giving back not only to my community but to the future nurses they are creating.

Please share if courses, faculty, and/or staff at Eastern contributed to your career/educational success and how they helped:

My program instructors were Alicia VanMeter, Jill Landis, and John Sykes. Alicia and Jill ensured we each safely arrived at clinical whenever we had to travel long distances. John was very wise, and I will never forget the detailed simulation labs we had during our short time with him. Our secretary, Barb, was very kind and helpful as well. I believe my most impactful class was pharmacology, and I cannot thank our instructor, Dave Brosh, enough for all of his wisdom and guidance. I believe pharmacology prepared me greatly for furthering my education and is a staple in my everyday nursing practice. I hope one day this course returns to the curriculum.

What advice would you give to current Eastern students who are looking to follow a similar path to a job or continued studies?

I believe Eastern is worth considering to further your education. I worried I would not be able to afford college when I was looking for a nursing program, but Eastern provided a way for me to not only get my education but graduate debt-free. Starting at Eastern can be a stepping stone to bigger possibilities. I am grateful they were my first choice.

(Optional) Please feel free to share recent accomplishments and achievements in the workforce or in your continued studies, which may include projects, awards, and any relevant information.

While attending Western Governors University, I was awarded 6 Excellence Awards on various papers and projects I completed. I also became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

After graduation, I obtained my Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) provider certification, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric life support (PALS). I frequently work as a charge nurse in my medical-surgical department. I have opportunities to renew my certifications at my current job.

Are you an Eastern graduate? Have you completed an Ag workforce training program at Eastern? Are you a former Early Entrance student who transferred credits to another college or university? If you are, and you want to share your success story, we would love to hear from you! Email today!