Lana Rogers – from Lawncare to Caretaker to Practical Nurse
Stay at home mother, Lana Rogers, was helping her husband cut lawns when a customer asked a question that would change the course of her life.
“Hey, do you want to sign up for college with me and pursue our nursing careers,” she asked?
That summer, Rogers made the decision to start nursing school.
“Growing up, I’ve always loved to help others,” Rogers shared, “and I’ve always had an interest in the medical field.”
While caring for her MaMaw who had varying health issues, Rogers realized she needed to know more in order to properly care for her. “It was then that I decided I really wanted to become a nurse,” she said. “I wanted to be able to properly care for her, understand medical terminology, and wanted to learn new skills that would make caring for her easier.”
But becoming a nurse would take time and money, two things’ Rogers didn’t think she’d have. That’s when she considered Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC).
“OFTC offered convenient class schedules, financial aid, and was close to my children’s schools, so I saw a way for this to all work out,” she said.
After getting started in the program, Rogers encountered several difficulties she hadn’t planned for: online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid decline of her MaMaw’s health.
“I never dreamed that my MaMaw would be my first hands-on patient during my nursing school journey,” she shared.
While going to school, serving as wife and mother, Rogers began to care for her MaMaw who had been placed on hospice care. And just when she thought she simply couldn’t do it any longer, five days before her MaMaw passed, she whispered these lifegiving words:
“You will make an awesome nurse because you have done such a good job taking care of me.”
“Her words have kept me going through all the sleepless nights of studying and times that I didn’t think I would be able to keep going,” Rogers said. “Through it all, I survived, I overcame, and I kept going.”
Rogers completed the PN program in December. And despite the difficulties she’s faced, she knows she’s doing what she was meant to do. “Nursing school was a rewarding experience and this career continues to be rewarding with every opportunity to help someone in need,” she said.
Currently, Rogers is in the process of signing up to take state boards and looks forward to soon becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. After working in field for one year, she plans to come back to OFTC to participate in the College’s Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge Program to become a Registered Nurse.
“I just want to encourage people to further their education,” Rogers added. “And if you choose a career in healthcare, don’t do it for the money; do it because you care and want to help others in need. Patients are in need and want to know that the ones helping them really do care.”