June’s Featured Member – Holly Renninger

Holly Renninger hails from Green, Ohio and is a 13-year nurse at Akron General Medical Center. Holly received her BSN from Kent State Stark Campus in May of 2016 at 38 years old after waiting for her opportunity to go to college.

When asked why she became a nurse, Holly said, “My oldest child was born at 29 weeks gestation. The nurses in the NICU were so knowledgeable, kind and willing teachers to a scared 22-year-old kid with her first baby. I knew I wanted to do what they did, but at the time I also wanted to raise by sweet baby and subsequent 3 other kids that came into my home.”

When Holly graduated from nursing school after 6 years of hard work, her daughter told her, “I know I can do anything I put my mind to. You did, even after people said you were crazy for pursuing such a difficult degree.”

Holly also had advice for new nurses entering the profession: “My advice would be to breath. It’s hard because it has to be. The job is so much harder than you can imagine. Thank your professors for making school so hard you feel you can’t breath.”