Darrin Pulver, of Great Meadows, knew in high school that he wanted to be a nurse and attend County College of Morris (CCM) to earn his degree. Following in the footsteps of both his mother and grandmother, who each graduated from CCM with a nursing degree, he explains, â€śI enjoyed listening to their stories about their work.â€ť With a father who is a microbiologist, he adds, â€śIâ€™ve been surrounded by science and the medical field all my life.â€ť
His grandmother, Peggy Bassininski, of Hackettstown, also knew at an early age that she wanted to be a nurse. Several family health crises, however, placed her in the role of a caregiver and she had to hold off on that goal for a while. â€śI always wanted to be a nurse and it bothered me that I hadnâ€™t become one, and then I saw that CCM had a nursing program.â€ť So in the mid-1970s, she enrolled part-time in the nursing program, graduated in 1982 and then spent 17-and-a-half years working as a nurse on a medical/surgical unit at Hackettstown Hospital and then later as a nursing supervisor. â€śI was able to fulfill my dream at CCM,â€ť she says.
Darrinâ€™s mother, Colleen Pulver, also knew early on that she wanted to be a nurse. â€śI looked at my mom and thought I want to do that, too. I want to be a nurse.â€ť She earned her degree in 1994. Since then, she has been working as a nurse at Morristown Medical Center, except for a brief period when she took time to raise her children. Currently, she works on a minimally invasive surgical unit specializing in gastrointestinal surgery.
At the urging of Darrin and her other son Michael, who is now a student at CCM in the School of Liberal Arts, Colleen also plans to work on earning her masterâ€™s in nursing. â€śThey tell me I can do it,â€ť she says.
All three agree that the quality of the education they received through the CCM nursing program was outstanding.
â€śI felt I was very well prepared and confident to take the nursing state board exam and succeed,â€ť says Colleen.
Darrin also notes that as a two-year associate degree program, the nursing professors at CCM are committed to covering as much material as possible and to challenging their students to excel.
â€śThey also are wonderful mentors,â€ť he says. His plan is to obtain a position at Morristown Medical Center and then to earn a bachelorâ€™s, masterâ€™s and eventually a doctorate degree in nursing.
â€śThe future of healthcare is going to be very dependent on nurses,â€ť he notes. â€śI want to be a part of that.â€ť