The Christie Foundation Scholarship Opens New Doors
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University
For advance nurse practitioner Kara Moody, nursing is in her blood. Growing up, she watched her mother, a nurse at Christie Clinic, thoroughly enjoy her profession. Moody caught the nursing bug and never looked back.
In 2007, Kara graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville. She joined the Christie Clinic staff not long after as an RN.
Three years later, Moody wanted more. With the help of a scholarship from the Christie Foundation, Moody completed a two-year program in 2011 to become an Advanced Practice Nurse, or APN, at Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing.
“I am passionate about people and working with patients”
“Nursing is a great fit, but I wanted to experience more aspects of patient care than my RN/BSN allowed,” says Moody. “The APN allows me to experience more of the continuum of patient care – to help more people in more ways.”
Today Kara works at the Gibson Area Hospital’s Family Health Clinic in Farmer City as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
“The Christie Foundation opened new doors for me,” Moody says. “All the hard work paid off, and being a nurse practitioner is everything I prayed it would be. I love every moment of my new job as well as my new role as an advanced nurse practitioner.”
Moody lives in Mahomet with her husband of seven years, Ed, and their Golden Retriever, Bear. For three years, she went to school full-time and worked full-time.
“Christie has been such a big part of my family’s career history,” says Moody. “I definitely see my involvement in the Foundation growing. With their help, I now have lots of opportunities before me.”