Greene County, Ohio, teen moving to career in nursing
When Allison Hutchinson was 10 years old, one of her delights in life was spending time with a toddler cousin. Then, at age 3, the cousin died from a rare form of cancer.
“I was in fifth grade at the time,” Allison recalled. “I learned the meaning of the word ‘oncology’ and continued to learn more about it. I decided I wanted to be a nurse who specializes in helping children who have cancer.”
The goal has never wavered. It has been supported by her own research (a 13-page senior project), Fairborn High School science classes, the Allied Health program at Greene County Career Center and a student organization called Health Occupations Students of America, also known as HOSA-Future Health Professionals. At summer’s end and with college credits accumulated while at the career center, Allison will leap over the freshman year to have sophomore status in Sinclair Community College’s registered nursing program.
Waiting for her turn at a national HOSA competition in Nashville, Tenn., in June, Allison, who qualified for nationals after placing first in the Ohio clinical specialty category, talked about how the support and encouragement of her family and teachers have propelled her faster and deeper into her career choice.
“I took a 16-hour course on how to administer chemotherapy, knowing that I was too young and without nursing credentials that would enable me get my certification,” Allison said. “My career center teacher sat next to me during the entire course. It’s amazing to be with teachers who have worked in the field, who encourage students and who love learning about something as much as I do.”
While she didn’t capture first place in the HOSA nationals and she can’t count the 16-hour adult course, Allison has these:
- State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA);
- American Heart Association Professional Rescuer;
- Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Completion;
- Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion;
- National Technical Honor Society Vice President;
- Global China Connection Leadership Project; and
- HOSA State Secretary.
A participant in competitive cheerleading, she also found time in high school to volunteer at Dayton Children’s Medical Center and Patriot Ridge Assisted Living.
NOTE: The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education selected 15 awardees – one for each career field – from among 140 nominations for Class of 2013 success stories. Honorees received a certificate, opportunity for further recognition during the 2013 Ohio State Fair and the distinction of being featured in various state-level messaging/presentations over the next year.