Jen* dreamed of becoming a nurse. When she got pregnant, she continued to work towards her dream, taking classes at Westmoreland County Community College and working as a waitress.
Jen also enrolled in the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program, a United Way partner program of Fayette County Community Action Agency. NFP guides and supports first-time moms in Fayette County. Registered nurses visit expectant moms at home during their pregnancy and after birth, until the baby is 21 months old. During the visits, nurses help moms with their personal health, parenting skills and life course development.
After Jen’s baby boy was born, college grew increasingly stressful and her grades began to fall. She decided to take some time off of college, but she didn’t give up on her dream. With the support of her NFP nurse and counseling, she enrolled in the Certified Nursing Aide program at Fayette County Community Action Agency’s Community Training Institute (CTI) in Uniontown.
Jen completed the CNA program and her certification, and got a job. Her goal was to make money to support her new family, but she already had her sights set on the next step in fulfilling her dream: the placement test for LPN school, which she took and passed.
Today, Jen attends LPN classes at the CTI during the week and works weekends as a Certified Nursing Aide. Upon graduation, she plans to accept an LPN position offered by her current workplace. Thanks to her dedication and hard work, and the support of her family and NFP, Jen has fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse and supporting her new family.
*Name has been changed.