Nesha Jones, BSN, RN, (‘14) is the co-owner, Program Director and Coordinator of Fulton Homes Education Center in Omaha, Neb., where she helps individuals prepare for careers as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).
Jones began her own health care career as a CNA in 2005. She later attended Clarkson College, received the Gateway to Success Scholarship for Minority Nursing Students and earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2014. Following graduation, Jones gained experience as a staff nurse at a local hospital. She then worked as a travel nurse for three years before returning to Omaha to found Fulton Homes Education Center with her best friend, DeMeria Bruce, LPN.
The duo wanted to meet the rising need for certified nursing professionals in the Omaha area. “Our initial goal was to bring CNAs to the field while giving them quality training,” she said.
Her education and years of experience working in health care settings across the country provided Jones with the foundation she needed to begin her business. She wanted to be directly involved with teaching her clients and completed additional training to become a certified instructor. When the organization’s first students begin classes this year, she will provide them with hands-on training at the company’s on-site facility.
Through the program, students receive training in basic nursing skills, personal care skills, mental health and social service needs, safety and accident prevention, and basic restorative services to help them pass the state examination and become qualified CNAs. More than just an educational program, the organization also offers students opportunities in mentorship, job placement and scholarships to help individuals continue their careers in health care. Jones believes this career guidance is the greatest benefit Fulton Homes Education Center can offer its students.
“I just really wanted to give back because I didn’t have guidance when I first started,” she said. “This is a way for me to help someone else and possibly help them avoid the same mistakes I made.”
Jones and Bruce hope to help meet the area's rising need for nursing professionals. The aging population will lead to an increased need for individuals working in nursing homes, home health agencies and hospice care. By preparing proficient CNAs with quality training, Fulton Homes Education Center will help alleviate the nurse shortage stress placed on the health care system and improve the quality of life for many patients.
Samantha Rambo, ADN, BSN, FNP, (‘13, ’16) owns the Family Medicine and Health Coaching Clinic in Omaha, Neb. As a family nurse practitioner and certified health coach, she takes a holistic, all-inclusive approach to caring for patients.
Rambo began her nursing education with an Associate’s degree from College of St. Mary and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and her Master’s degree in 2016, both from Clarkson College. She worked for several years as a float nurse and hospitalist, and it was during this time when she discovered her passion for providing patients with a holistic approach to their health. Her desire to incorporate elements of medical care, nutritional assistance and lifestyle coaching led her to become an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach to better help her patients meet their health goals through nutritional tools.
Her experience working as a nurse and health coach came together when she opened her own practice in 2019. Rather than simply treating an individual’s symptoms or underlying medical conditions, Rambo believes practitioners must look at every aspect of an individual’s lifestyle—diet, sleep patterns and exercise habits—to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan. “My philosophy is to really look at the person as a whole, rather than looking at just one symptom, so I really focus on lifestyle,” she said.
Telemedicine, a growing practice within the health care field, is one tool Rambo utilizes to provide her holistic style of care. Telemedicine is a convenient service for patients faced with time constraints, distance, lack of transportation or busy schedules. Connecting via phone or video conferencing calls enables Rambo to provide uninterrupted health care services for her patients.
To be able to provide telemedicine services, Rambo completed training to prepare her for the service’s technological aspects and to practice patient care outside the traditional clinic setting. The telemedicine services she provides are 100% compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and are available for patients as young as two years old. So far, the service has been popular, and she sees it as a crucial aspect of modern health care. “Telemedicine is really the way health care is going,” she said.
As her practice continues to grow, Rambo aims to increase modern health care services like telemedicine to meet the needs of her patients, wherever they are.