2013 Graduate Taylor Moore

(Dec. 2, 2013) As Taylor Moore walks across the stage to receive her bachelor of science degree in nursing on Saturday, Dec. 7, she will be able to reflect on her time at Armstrong and say, “I made the most of my time here.”

Taylor came to Armstrong from Rincon in the fall of 2009 with a little experience already under her belt. As a senior at South Effingham High School, she received her patient care technician license from Savannah Technical College. After taking a patient care tech job at St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital, Taylor was able to go into Armstrong's nursing program with the know-how of working alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care in a variety of ways.

While it may have been Taylor's experience in the healthcare industry that allowed her to excel academically at Armstrong, it was the death of her two younger cousins that motivated her to choose a career in nursing.

“I had two little cousins that had cystic fibrosis and they both died, one at age 6 and one at 7,” said Taylor. “My family told me how the nurses made a big impact on them, and I know that I could be that compassionate person that helps families through difficult times.”

This experience taught Taylor that being a nurse is not just about taking care of a patient; it's about taking care of her patient's entire family. This is a lesson Taylor also learned while working as a student leader at Navigate year after year.

“Navigate puts you in a situation where you have to be that friendly person and that face that people remember,” said Taylor. “We're the beginning of their Armstrong story, and I can take that into my patient care, because I'm going to be the face of that hospital that patients and their families are going to remember.”

While at Armstrong, Taylor participated in a number of organizations, including acting as the past treasurer, secretary, and now fifth-year alum in the Tri Sigma sorority on campus; being a class representative and current vice president of the Armstrong Association of Nursing Students; and becoming an inductee of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society.

“I am not only involved in a grueling program, but I also give back to the college, and that is really important,” said Taylor. “Armstrong provided a lot of opportunity for me to grow not only in myself, but in my leadership skills.”

The leadership skills Taylor gained while being involved with various organizations, combined with the knowledge she learned from Armstrong's demanding nursing program, will serve her well in her career as a registered nurse. However, it will be Taylor's intensely passionate drive to help others that will truly allow her to shine and even inspire others to join the profession, just like the nurses who once inspired her.