When Terry Glenister was a Licensed Practical Nurse at a long-term care facility for critically ill children, she earned the loving nickname, “Mama.”
It was certainly a fitting moniker for the North Carolina single mother who raised her own three children—and cared for hundreds of others over the course of her 15 years in the position. Though she loved the job, Terry tried to return to school for advanced nursing education several times. “Life was just too hectic and I couldn’t do it,” says Terry.
Despite the initial setback, Terry never gave up on the dream to enhance her skill set and further her education. When her children were older and she had remarried, she earned an associate degree in nursing from her local community college—at the same time as her middle child. “We graduated in 2006,” Terry recalls. As luck would have it, the pair walked the graduation stage together…on Mother’s Day weekend, no less.
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