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Kathy Farley

Kathy Farley

Central Carolina Community College

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Kathy's work combines: Education, Medicine, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Nursing Instructor

I educate nurses and prepare them to go into entry-level positions or on to bachelor's degrees.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    West Lincoln High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Nursing Science

    Regents College

  • Graduate Degree

    Nursing Education

    Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Doctorate

    Nursing Practice

    Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Nursing Science

    Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Certification

    System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Nursing Instructors & Teachers, Postsecondary:

High School

Associate's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    When I was a kid, I was always playing "doctor" with my dolls.

  • 2.

    When I enlisted in the Army, I was looking for a position that wouldn't put me in the field.

  • 3.

    My recruiter told me that if I went into the medic field, I'd be in hospitals rather than in combat.

  • 4.

    Once I got out of the Army, I finally had the chance to go back to school and pursue my own path.

  • 5.

    Nursing had always been an interest of mine, so I went after it with all I had.

  • 6.

    Despite the fact that I didn't even graduate from high school, I now have my doctorate degree.

  • 7.

    I hate public speaking, but I love seeing students advance and learn, so I became an educator.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You're crazy to go back to school.

  • How I responded:

    I was older than most students when I went back to school to get my graduate and doctorate degrees. My peers, and even my own mother, were constantly telling me that I was crazy to go back to school, or to keep working even though I had four children to raise. But I'm a stubborn person and a self-motivator, and I had lots of support from my husband, my children, and my classmates, so I pursued my goals and finished my doctorate. In fact, I'm currently considering going back to school again.