Tabitha Klein

Now or Never

Everyone’s path to success looks different. For many of us it’s a few steps forward and a couple steps back until we get where we want to be. Tabitha Klein ’19 can attest to this, but she’s never stopped pushing, and she never lost sight of her end goal: becoming a nurse.

“I knew very early on that I wanted to be a nurse,” said Tabitha. “After high school I moved out and got a job to support myself and didn’t go back to school for six or seven years. When I moved to Corning I told myself it was now or never.”

Tabitha learned about SUNY Corning Community College when she moved to Corning from Florida two years ago. Local residents told her about the value of the community college system.

“I was new to the area, and I wanted the most cost-efficient way to get my foot in the door,” said Tabitha. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the nursing instructors here. They have been great motivators for me over the last two years.”

For Tabitha, empathy is the most important quality a nurse must possess. That, and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing world of medicine.

“As a nurse you really have to be willing to take care of all people, no matter what,” she said. “Patients have to know that you care about them, and that you are going to do your best for them.”

Tabitha recently accepted a position in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

“I was nervous to be in the ICU at first, but I did my clinical there during my third semester and I absolutely fell in love with it,” said Tabitha. “Patients in the ICU need the most help, and I really enjoy being the person who can take care of them while in such a vulnerable state.”

In the future, Tabitha is considering a career in nurse education.

“I’m currently a mentor for the freshman nursing students, and since I’ve been in their shoes I can connect with them on a different level,” said Tabitha. “It’s a position I’ve really enjoyed and could see myself doing down the road.”

Tabitha is looking forward to starting her career at Arnot in June, and getting married later this year.