Meet Melesha Green-Fredrick, who graduated with an ADN in October 2023 from the Virginia Beach MCI campus.
Melesha's journey into nursing began during the coronavirus pandemic after seeing her mother-in-law isolated in the hospital, receiving comfort only from the nurses who treated her. From this profound experience of losing her mother-in-law, and other family members, Melesha realized the vital role healthcare professionals play in providing support during difficult times. She knew she wanted to be a nurse herself.
Melesha chose ECPI University for its accelerated program, personalized classroom experience, convenient location, and the flexibility to choose between day and night classes. Choosing ECPI allowed her to tailor her education to her specific needs and circumstances.
During her time at ECPI, Melesha’s 14-year-old son diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophageal disease. “I had to attend many appointments and bone marrow procedures at VCU Children Hospital,” Melesha remembers. Melesha's solution to this challenge? Meticulous planning. She scheduled her school commitments in advance and stayed on communication with her instructors.
One of the standout features of ECPI, says Melesha, is the dedicated instructors. They showed genuine care for their students, and it was their motivation and unwavering support were instrumental in her success. They also kept her inspired to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
Today, Melesha serves as a Registered Nurse at Maxim Healthcare, where she provides private duty nursing care to pediatric patients with congenital and intellectual disorders. Her responsibilities include administering medication and treatments, monitoring the safety and effectiveness of their environment, and maintaining a strong rapport with patients and their families.
When asked for advice for current and future ECPI students in her program, Melesha had some valuable insights to share. “Stay focused, study, keep practicing ATI questions, and read the rationale to fully understand why it’s the correct option,” she says. “Never give up on your dreams of becoming a nurse no matter what happens during your nursing journey."