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Turning tragedy into opportunity, Amanda Combrevis was inspired to do more with her life.
Her father had lost his battle to cancer. “Everything kind of fell apart,” said Amanda. “I lost touch with school, I was failing my classes – it turned my whole world upside down.”
At the time she was attending Lindenwood University on a soccer scholarship. Amanda finished her freshman year and moved back home to live with her mom.
“I felt like I was running in water,” she said. “And I was going nowhere fast.”
When a friend told her about the patient care program at a nearby hospital, it sparked her interest.
“After all my dad went through before he died, I knew that I wanted to help people,” she said. “Once I began working full-time and taking classes again, it was like my life did a 180.”
She worked in a hospital for a year, but she wanted to do more. Instead of being the one assisting the nurses, she decided she wanted to work directly with the patients.
In May 2012 Amanda graduated from SCC with her associate degree in nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Methodist University in 2015.
She now works as an adult Medical/Surgical ICU nurse and trains new graduate nurses to be ICU nurses.
“I loved the atmosphere at SCC so much,” Amanda said. “And the ADN program was just right for me.”
Last updated: December 2015