Southern Crescent Technical College

Alumni Spotlight: Second Chances Spark Stronger Commitment for Caregiver

Laura Moss

Compassion and quality care go hand-in-hand when caring for elderly and disabled citizens. Southern Crescent Technical College Alumnae Laura Moss recognizes the importance of these two and other characteristics as she performs her daily tasks as an infection preventionist, point click care liaison and Licensed Practical Nurse at Westbury Medical Care and Rehab in Jackson.

Laura’s commitment to assisting patients with long-term care did not take what she labels as an easy route. Laura graduated with a Patient Care Assistant Certificate in 2010 and made more than one attempt to earn her nursing diploma. She graduated with a Practical Nursing Diploma in 2014 and proudly addressed her class at her pinning ceremony.

“Work hard, and keep the faith,” Laura said. “If you want it bad enough, you will get it. If you fail once it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Get up and dust off and try again. If you want it bad enough you will succeed.”

One of Laura’s instructors at SCTC, Kimberly Register, now Dean of Allied Health and Paramedicine, said Laura exemplifies perseverance. “I’m so proud of the success Laura has had in such a short time. I feel like her future possibilities are endless. She is fabulous and an inspiration to our nursing program.”

“Each of our instructors had specific memories, but Ms. Register and Ms. (Angie) Ballard impacted me the most,” Laura said. “They taught Fundamentals in our first semester together and that was the building block. That is where our skills were taught and they are the ones who taught us a skill then checked us off to make sure we knew what we were doing before we went to clinical. They are my favorites! I would not be the nurse I am today without the guidance, education and encouragement that I received at SCTC.”

Laura started her career as a nurse at a pediatric office. She said she used some of the skills from college but the case load was limited for her. She started with Westbury Medical Care and Rehab in July of 2015, where she worked as an LPN charge nurse for six months. A position within the facility was posted for a Staff Development Coordinator and she applied.

She said she was interviewing against seasoned employees and remembers the process was lengthy.

“I remember the interview process was long,” Laura said. “I was assigned a topic and they gave me ten minutes to create a power point then I had to teach the topic to my director of nursing and assistant director of nursing. We all had the same interview process. Two days later I was offered the position and started as the Staff development Coordinator just a year out of school of a 196 bed facility.

“I was responsible for orientation of all staff, education and training for all departments within the facility,” she added. “I was also in charge of infection control and prevention within the facility. About year number two, I was asked to take on the Point Click Care (PCC) liaison position. PCC is our documentation software that we chart in.”

She said she was initially responsible for the Jackson facility but was later asked by the company president to help the other three facilities with their PCC as well. Now, Laura is responsible for four long-term care and rehab facilities’ electronic medical records.

"I build different assessments within PCC to aid the nurses in documentation completion and make it as easy as possible for them but making sure that all regulations are followed,” Laura said. “I love my job as a nurse and I would not be the nurse I am today without SCTC or my instructors!”

She continues to add to her education as she obtained her Infection Preventionist certificate in 2018 and is currently enrolled in a Registered Nurse bridge program at Albany State University with a projected completion in August of 2019.

Jennifer Vasil is a Registered Nurse, a Bachelors of Science Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator who serves as the assistant administrator for Westbury Medical Care and Rehab and considers Laura to be an asset to her team.

“Laura was well prepared as a new graduate nurse at our facility,” Jennifer said. “She has excelled in all of her endeavors at Westbury. Laura is an outstanding nurse with amazing potential. The sky is truly the limit for Laura!”

Laura also lends her time and talents in community blood and toy drives as well as a food bank. She had her husband, David, live in Jackson and have two daughters, Gracie, six, and one-year-old Remington.

Do you know any alumni of Southern Crescent Technical College (formerly Flint River Tech or Griffin Tech) who contribute to their community and inspire others to do the same? We’d like to reach out to them as a potential spotlight as well. Send their name and contact information to Foundation@sctech.edu.

*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin.  Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed for students to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.