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February 23, 2012

A great foundation

South University Newsroom

Lisa Godwin
Class of December 2009
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tampa Campus
Employment:  Certified Nurse-Midwife at TLC OB-GYN in Salisbury, Maryland

No matter what a student’s level of academic success in the classroom, it is sometimes scary to take what you’ve learned and apply it in the real world. Many wonder whether they will be ready, especially those entering the medical field.

Lisa Godwin, a 2009 graduate of South University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Tampa campus, was delighted to discover how well her education had prepared her.

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN,” she remembered, speaking of the national certification examination for registered nurses. “I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit.”

As a charge nurse, Lisa was the lead nurse in the medical-surgery unit of Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. But even though she loved her job, Lisa knew she wanted to focus on her dream of becoming a nurse-midwife.

“I’ve always loved being a part of the miracle of pregnancy and child birth. I love the philosophy of nurse-midwives – the nursing background is what makes this profession so special for so many patients.”

In August 2010, Lisa began a Master’s degree program in nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated in December 2011 and accepted a position as a Certified Nurse-Midwife in Salisbury, Maryland.

“It is amazing to think that just two years ago I was finishing nursing school at South University, and now I just finished school again,” Lisa said.

Lisa is not shy about letting people know that she likes her new job.

“I love catching babies! To be part of something so wonderful is such a joy and privilege,” she said. “Sometimes I can't believe they are paying me to do it because I enjoy it so much.”

Reflecting on her professional career, Lisa is grateful for her time at South University and how it prepared her for her professional work.

“I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.

What is the next step in Lisa’s career?

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