Giving back to her community where she grew up is just one reason Courtney Addison wanted to join the nursing faculty at Hazard Community and Technical College, where she is teaching Medical-Surgical nursing and classes in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at the Hazard Campus.
“Educating the nurses of tomorrow is important to me and I’m delighted to be in this role,” Addison said. She started in January and is incorporating different styles of teaching as much as possible, utilizing lecture, power points, video, plus more. “I stress to my students that you can do anything that you set your mind to. It may not be an easy road to get to your goal, but it will be worth it in the end,” Addison said.
Addison has lived in Jackson her entire life and has seen how important HCTC is to the region. “The college gives a great opportunity for a great education in Eastern Kentucky. It has multiple programs and so many people who are willing to help and encourage all the students. It gives a chance for people to get an education at home, especially for people who may not be able to leave home or cannot afford to leave home to attend a large university,” she said.
Nursing Coordinator Christy Martin said, “We are thrilled to have Courtney join our team. She has experience in multiple areas of nursing. We are benefiting from her teaching medical surgical nursing. I appreciate that she is one of our former graduates; she will fit in great here at HCTC.”
Addison’s professional nursing career includes emergency room nurse, medical surgical nurse, intensive care unit nurse, and emergency room nurse for Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson, post-anesthesia care unit nurse for Hazard ARH, RN for St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, and RN for Wolfe County Health and Rehab Center in Campton.
After graduating from the HCTC nursing program at the Lees College Campus, she earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Morehead State University.
Anyone interested in enrolling in nursing classes can call Admission at 487-3293.