Sherry Shoup has worked with a variety of patients, from infants to the elderly, in a variety of medical contexts, including ambulatory and critical care, over the course of her career. But now she is zeroed in on one group in particular: high school students at Ben Lippen School.
The mother of two alumni, Sherry was already well acquainted with Ben Lippen, but she took a further step once she became the Coordinator and Instructor for the Health Science Academy Health Science & Certified Nurse Aide Programs.
“After our youngest graduated Ben Lippen, I never imagined I would be back as an instructor,” she said. “It is amazing how God opens doors when we least expect.”
Ben Lippen’s Nurse Aide Training Program, approved by the state of South Carolina in October 2022, provides a way for students interested in the medical field to gain hands-on experience and skills before starting college. If they complete their 100 classroom and clinical hours and pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam, they are then Certified Nursing Aides and are cleared to work in healthcare. Such a distinction will set them apart in higher education, with experience giving them an advantage when vying for limited spaces in jobs and classes.
“The opportunities that (Sherry) has established within the program will impact these students for many years to come,” said High School Principal Max Russell.
The Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, Dr. Monica Remer, also acknowledged the benefits of the program.
“The students have a wonderful opportunity in the program to be able to fulfill their passion of serving others in the healthcare profession,” she said.
As instructor, Sherry strives to pass on her love for the job and empathy for patients to her students. The work can be challenging mentally, emotionally, and physically, but she insists that at the end of the day, there is nothing better.
“Healthcare is hard work, long hours, and it takes a toll on you,” she said. “(But) it is also the most rewarding career I can think of.”