Martin Methodist College’s (MMC) Division of Nursing Chair Michelle Decker walked across the graduate platform at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in May to receive her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.
Decker, a second generation nurse, earned her bachelor of science in nursing from UAH in 1996 and her master of science in nursing administration from UAH in 1998. All the while, Decker worked for the Lincoln County Health System (LCHS), starting as a staff nurse in the obstetrics department, then transferring to the emergency department, and ending as the quality improvement, risk manager, patient satisfaction and Joint Commission coordinator. After 31 years of service at LCHS, Decker retired in August 2014. That same month, she began a new chapter in her career and joined the MMC nursing faculty.
“Others encouraged me to work toward a terminal degree in nursing,” said Decker. “At my age, I pondered the sensibility of this difficult task, but after much prayer and encouragement by my colleagues, I began the journey in spring 2015. There were many challenges, but it has been a most excellent journey with a much desired and appreciated destination. I am beyond blessed, and I look forward to continue working at MMC.”
“MMC is indeed fortunate that Michelle Decker came our way,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Judy Cheatham. “Under her leadership, we have transformed our nursing program. As a College, we embrace our roots in Giles County and provide the only baccalaureate nursing program in our area. How blessed we are to have a person of her knowledge, skills, and values to lead us.”