Bethany McCormick Joins Chatfield as Community Health Worker Program Director

Bethany McCormick has joined Chatfield College as the Community Health Worker Program Director. In this position, her primary roles are to oversee the program, keep the curriculum up-to-date and relevant, as well as maintain its approval with the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Bethany graduated in 2005 from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and began her professional career at Clermont Mercy Hospital, where she worked on the medical and surgical floor. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to a charge nurse on the night shift where she remained for almost ten years. In 2012, Bethany decided to return to school so that she could pursue a career as a nurse educator and give back to the nursing community and the community at large. Since her children were still young, she decided to enroll in an online RN-MSN program through Walden University, which she completed in 2015. Later that same year, she decided to go back to Walden to pursue a PhD in Nursing Education. Having completed all of her coursework, she is currently working on her dissertation and hopes to graduate before she turns fifty.

During her time as a nurse, her father became very ill and her mother often had to navigate the confusing world of healthcare as she took care of him. After her father entered hospice, her mother still had contact with their trusted caregivers, and believe them to be a blessing to their family. She says the individuals who made the largest impression on her family were not always the nurses, but those who also gave their time to connect with her and her family. As a nurse educator, she prepares students to take care of others in the community who are in need of acute care and their particular skill set. However, there are also so many individuals who have the heart to serve their neighbors who were not necessarily cut out to be a nurse. “Leadership is not about glory, but having a servant’s heart and being the hands and feet for those who may need to rely on strength of others for a time,” she said.

In joining Chatfield, she has found another way to serve her community. She knows that not everyone is called to be a nurse, yet many people would like to work for their community to serve those who need assistance. As the administrator of Chatfield’s program, Bethany hopes to see students grow and use it as a stepping-stone to other opportunities. She hopes to empower her students to make a positive impact on their communities, to serve their neighbors, and ultimately make the world a better place.

“Having a holistic outlook, I appreciate the perspective of Chatfield and their goal to provide a well-rounded program. Recognizing the need to develop not only the physical, but mental and spiritual aspects of students, sets Chatfield apart as an institution with heart. I look forward to being a part of this community, as we work to touch the heart and souls of the communities of which we are a part,” said Bethany.

Bethany resides in Winchester with her husband on a small farm where they raise their own beef and fresh produce. She has five children, three boys and two girls, ranging from the age of eighteen to twenty-six.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in Brown County, Ohio and Cincinnati, and is an open enrollment college. The Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118; the Cincinnati campus is located in historic Over-the- Rhine at 1544 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website, at www.chatfield.edu, call (513) 875-3344 or email admissions@chatfield.edu.

 

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