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Dolphin Spotlight –
Jesse BaccusAssociate Degree Nursing – Class of 2019

“My time at COA made me into the best possible nurse I could be and prepared me well to be in a family nurse practitioner program. My studies at UNC-Chapel Hill also have helped mold me into a better writer and opened my mind to the world of research and limitless potential that education can provide.” ~ Jesse Baccus

Jesse Baccus graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. During her time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Jesse received a travel scholarship and took a semester off to visit Guatemala. Jesse gained valuable experience from visiting Guatemala by teaching English and improving her Spanish through her work with a humanitarian ministry. This experience made her realize that she wanted to change her direction in life and was called to help people.

After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked for Family Connects, a grant-funded program supporting families with newborns, providing healthcare and other resources to meet their needs. Jesse explains, “I saw the incredible influence that nurses have on their patients and their community. I wanted to be that kind of advocate, so when the grant funding and program ended, I decided to apply to COA’s nursing program in Elizabeth City.” When asked about her experience at COA, Jesse described the nursing program at COA as “tough,” and those who apply should be prepared for the rigorous program.

“You will need a lot of support from your peers and loved ones on the journey, but it is worth all the time, energy, studying, and tears as you are being forged into an excellent nurse,” Jesse explained.

Jesse is currently employed as a nurse at the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center. She and her husband enjoy taking their black lab for walks, gardening, and spending time at the Outer Banks. Jesse also stays physically active by riding her bike and going to the gym.

For more information on the Associate Degree Nursing program at COA, contact Christopher Robertson, Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement, at [email protected] or 252-335-0821, ext. 2304.