Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Former Motlow Graduate Shares Lessons with Nursing Students
December 8, 2011
Guest speaker, Clint Latham recently held a session over interactive television (ITV) with Motlow Student Nurse Association (SNA) students at Smyrna, McMinnville and Moore County sites. Latham is a trauma nurse core course instructor at Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) and a 2008 alumnus of Motlow's nursing program.
Latham discussed his education and work experiences with the group. He stressed how leadership positions that you fill as a student will serve as an advantage in your career after graduation. He said, "Nurses are leaders and the best way to be a leader is to be seen on campus performing community services, maintaining active membership in student organizations, and volunteering for committees."
He also talked about the value of continuing education. Latham especially recommended participating in evidence-based practice conferences, reading journals, continuing formal education (advanced degrees) and working with mentors in the workplace. Finally, Latham emphasized the importance of becoming a member of professional organizations for nurses.
While at Motlow, Latham was class president, SNA president and nursing representative to the Student Government Association (SGA). He is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Middle Tennessee State University and plans to obtain a Master of Science degree in nursing administration. Latham's certifications include Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course, Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Latham is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association and American Assembly for Men in Nursing. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Nursing Class at Motlow. In 2010, he received the Rising Star Award for Nursing Excellence at MTMC. He was named Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes for Emergency and Ambulatory Care in 2010.