Smith went back to school at 45 and earned nursing degree

Submitted photo At the age of 45, Miranda Smith obtained a nursing degree from Davis & Elkins College in 2019.

ELKINS — Dating back to when she was in high school, Miranda Smith knew she had a passion to someday become a nurse. She even considered it her dream job.

The problem is that sometimes life has some unforeseen twists and turns that may throw one’s dream in a different direction — or in Smith’s case, delay the inevitable.

At the age of 45, Smith, decided to go back to school and pursue her dream of earning a degree in nursing, which she successfully obtained from Davis & Elkins College in the spring of 2019.

“Being a nurse is something I wanted to do my whole life and once I got my kids in school, I thought it was time I did something for myself,” Smith said. “Going to college for nursing was something I wanted to do when I graduated high school, but at that time I thought I would take a year off, start making some money, and then go back. But I never did until I was older and I don’t regret a minute of it because I love nursing.”

Now in her third year as a registered nurse, Smith works in the North 2, medical/surgical unit at Davis Medical Center in Elkins.

“We get a little bit of everything in our unit,” Smith said. “If you are admitted to the hospital and they are expecting you to have a hospital stay, you come to our unit.”

Like everyone in the medical profession, Smith is happy that COVID-19 cases have tapered off, at least for the time being.

“Things are starting to get back to normal and our visitors are able to come back to the hospital now,” she said. “It’s a return to a little bit of normalcy and that’s what our patients need, especially our elderly patients who it was very hard on. Being in the hospital and not being able to have any visitors was a real struggle.”

Smith recalls how tough it was on everyone when COVID-19 was running rampant through Randolph County.

“It was bad, our whole floor at one point was almost completely a COVID unit,” she said.

“Patients weren’t allowed any visitors during that time and it was really hard on everyone.”

Smith said that taking nursing classes at the Randolph County Vo-Tech Center during high school got her interested in the profession. She said a friend’s mother who was a nurse was also influential.

Smith, a 1989 graduate at Elkins High School, has been married to her husband Chad for 29 years, and the couple have four children, C.J., Ethan, Mckenzie and Elija.

“It has been my dream to be a nurse and I’m happy that I have finally got to do it,” Smith said. “It’s been a real blessing and I have really enjoyed it.”


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