December 17, 2020

Cameran Noel always knew she wanted a career in healthcare, so when she enrolled at Shawnee State University it was easy for her to decide to pursue an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN).

“I have always been compassionate towards others and helping people,” she said. “I love nursing because I know I will impact others in a positive way. It doesn’t get better than that.”

In her coursework this semester, Noel shadowed a Registered Nurse during her clinicals. Throughout the course, she learned how nurses and hospital staff are working throughout the health pandemic.

“While there I got to see the steps the hospital staff are taking to protect themselves and others from COVID-19,” she said. “I feel like this has helped me learn what to expect when I start working there as a nurse.”

Cameran Noel portrait in Cap and Gown

Noel got the chance to gain extra experience in her field working as a Nursing Intern at a local hospital. In that role she has been able to see first-hand the impact COVID-19 has made on the surrounding community as cases and hospitalizations have risen in the past months.

“I have seen how it has drastically impacted our nursing staff and all healthcare workers in the hospital,” she said. “They have all been working hard, stressful, and long days. Despite this, they have all shown me what it takes to be a great nurse by remaining positive, showing determination to work hard, and by using amazing teamwork skills.”

Graduating this semester, Noel’s next step after taking her board exams is to work at Southern Ohio Medical Center on the Medical-Surgical Unit. In the coming years, she wants to work towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eventually earn a master’s degree.

“I hope to excel my career while positively impacting the lives of my coworkers, patients, and the patient’s family every day,” she said.

Noel graduated with her ADN as part of the Fall Class of 2020. To view a recap of the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, visit