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Long time Dothan Pediatric employee Earns ADN at Wallace Community College

5/23/2019

Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College – Renay Shuemake, RN, recently turned her dream into a reality when she walked across the stage and was handed her hard-earned Associates Degree in Nursing from Wallace Community College Dothan.

“Wallace is a stepping stone to anything,” Shuemake said. “It just opens up a whole new world.”

Shuemake, who works as a registered nurse at Dothan Pediatrics, began classes at Wallace Community College Dothan in 2016. She has worked at the clinic for nearly 11 years. Shuemake graduated with her degree in December 2018 and walked earlier this month.

“Because of Wallace I was able to finish a goal that I started back in 1995,” Shuemake said.  “I am over the moon proud of myself.”

Sheumake started in the Medical Assisting program years ago, then decided that the medical field was not for her. It wouldn’t be long before she ended up right back in the field as a receptionist at a doctor’s office. She then worked her way up to occupational health. She started at Dothan Pediatrics as a non-licensed employee.

When she decided that she wanted to get her degree, Dothan Pediatrics worked with her to allow her to stay full time, but also go to school.

“I don’t know of many places that would work with you as far as staying full time and being able to do nursing school,” she said. “There are no words that I could ever say to thank them enough.”

Being an RN is something she dreamed of, and Shuemake said she cherishes her job every day.

“Working here means that I get to ensure that our children in this area have the best heath care that they can have,” Shuemake said. “Our company is an advocate for our children. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. This is my place.”

Going back to school, working full time and having a family can be a hard thing to do, but Shuemake said it was definitely worth the sacrifices.

“It took two and a half years of literally blood, sweat and tears,” she said. “It was very hard, but I enjoyed it.”

Shuemake said Wallace helped her along the way, and she is grateful to the College and the instructors that she had.

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