A passion for pediatric nursing leads new grad to her “dream job”

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“Pfeiffer offered the two things I love—nursing and soccer,” said, Madeline Gadd ’17 of Concord, N.C. “People told me managing both would be difficult but I succeeded with the help of my professors, coaches, teammates and family.”

This summer, Madeline, a four-year Dean’s List student and three-year soccer team captain, will start her “dream job” as a pediatric nurse for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. She was hired after completing a nursing preceptorship at Levine, which is part of Carolinas HealthCare System, a healthcare leader in the region. Similar to an internship in the business world, nursing preceptorships provide students the opportunity to put classroom knowledge into practice, working under the guidance of a nurse preceptor—or mentor.

“I’d always had an interest in pediatrics, but with my preceptorship emerged a real passion and I knew I wanted to specialize in it,” said Madeline, whose Pfeiffer community service with Wings of Eagles Ranch, Victory Junction, Relay for Life and Angel Tree involved children who need special care. “Even though children on the unit are sick, they usually want to engage with their nurses and ask questions or play a game; being able to be there, stay positive for them, and help them get better is very rewarding.” 

Madeline’s drive to succeed professionally—and desire to pursue a master’s of science in nursing in the future—will likely be fueled by the determination she demonstrated on the soccer field. There her success was recognized by being named First team all-conference and second team all-state (2016), second team all-conference (2014, 2015) and to the all-tournament team (2013, 2016) as well as Conference Carolina’s Academic All-Conference and Conference Carolina’s Presidential Honor Roll.

“I will cherish the memories of my time at Pfeiffer,” she said. “I’m grateful for the professors and coaches who have helped me succeed.”