Like Father, Like Son
Graduate Dan Smith works on the cardiovascular surgery team at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, Kan.; father Tim Smith works in the cardiac catheterization lab at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. – the hospital wrecked by the powerful tornado of May 2011. The hospital is currently operating in a 110-bed modular facility until a new hospital, scheduled to open in March 2015, is ready.
School of Nursing has first father-son alumni combo.
The wide-eyed 14-year-old boy had just seen his father save a life.
He had watched as his father worked, quickly but calmly, to use a defibrillator to literally shock a dying person back to life.
The experience sealed a resolve. “Dad, when I grow up, I want to be a nurse just like you.”
At graduation last week, Daniel and his father, Tim Smith, became the first father-son alumni combo of the nursing school.
“We’ve had plenty of mother-daughter, sister-sister, sister-brother and even mother-son combinations before, but this is our first father-and-son pairing of graduates,” said Lora Lacey-Haun, R.N., Ph.D., Dean of the school.
Daniel and Tim represent the changing face of nursing, and nursing education, in more ways than just gender. Both earned their bachelor’s degrees online from remote locations, as working nurses who started their careers with associate degrees earned at a local community college.