Imagine balancing five kids, a managerial position and graduate school all at once. That’s Kelli Dutton’s life and she’s pulling it off without breaking much of a sweat.
After 10 years of service, Dutton – a heart and vascular services manager for Mercy Clinic Stroke Prevention in Oklahoma City – is back to books, pursuing a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist. Online course work and a flexible employer make it possible.
“Managing it all has been surprisingly easy,” Dutton said. “The work I do at the stroke center translates to the academic side. Continuing education is a win-win. It allows Mercy to offer more services to our patients. It’s exciting.”
Dutton received a $10,000 scholarship through Mercy – available to nurses gaining additional education – but the award wasn’t what motivated her college decision.
“I went back to school to help my patients,” Dutton said. “It’s great to know I can actually make a difference in a patient’s life.”