VC vocational nursing instructors pursue higher education

May 8, 2010 at 12:08 a.m.

Two of Victoria College's vocational nursing instructors will graduate together this month, both with a Bachelor of Science-Nursing from Texas Technical University's Health Sciences Center online.

For Kim McClure and Kristi Pfeil, nursing, education and teaching runs in the family. Pfeil is McClure's daughter.

Pfeil has been teaching at VC for slightly longer than her mother has, but both completed the Associate Degree-Nursing program at VC. Pfeil also completed the vocational nursing program at VC prior to obtaining her associate degree. Each has spent a number of years working at DeTar Hospital and both now teach seven different courses each.

Mother and daughter agree that working together and being students at the same time has deepened their bond as they have come to depend on each other for support and a reliable study partners.

Pursuit of a higher degree has not only increased their own knowledge to help them better serve VC nursing students, but also brings with it the fresh experience of how challenging it is to juggle family and career, while being a student, just like many of the men and women in their classes.

Pfeil's husband and sister have both completed the ADN program at VC as well. Michael Pfeil now works at DeTar Hospital and as a substitute and a tutor at VC, while Brandi Baker works as a neo-natal intensive care unit nurse at a hospital in Las Vegas.

Pfeil and McClure are not the only instructors in the VN program at VC who have worked full time while pursuing higher education. Rebecca Barfield, Christine Miller, Melissa VanderStucken, Shari Gould and Joyce Harper have also completed coursework to obtain higher degrees over the past several years. VanderStucken, Gould and Miller have most recently worked toward graduate nursing degrees. VanderStucken received her Master of Science-Nursing degree in February and Gould will receive hers next February. Miller is in the second to last semester before obtaining hers.



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