February 16: JaMarcus Corlew, BSN, RN
JaMarcus Corlew joined Ascension Saint Thomas in 2019 as a Training Educator. Since then he has helped oversee the Ascension Saint Thomas Health Scholars program, where he has helped hundreds of high school students become Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMA). JaMarcus has helped grow the program from three high schools in Davidson County to now 2 high schools in both Hickman and Rutherford counties, bringing opportunities to even more students.
In addition to his work with area students, JaMarcus helped initiate and co-leads our CCMA Pathways Program that helps members of Ascension’s non-clinical staff become CCMAs. This program helps nonclinical staff members who are interested in working directly with patients to gain their first level of medical training.
Many individuals who complete their CCMA through these programs continue in their education and go on to become nurses or to other clinical and non-clinical roles. JaMarcus has been instrumental in the success of these programs, and we are so grateful for the work he has done to bring new opportunities to students, and to bolster the healthcare workforce of tomorrow.
JaMarcus was inspired to become a nurse after caring for his diabetic grandmother, who has since passed. His mission of honoring his grandmother has shaped his journey and makes him an especially compelling educator. It’s no wonder why students love learning with him and why he was selected by the Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation as the first-ever recipient of the Gary Woodward scholarship.
Jamarcus was already an LPN and, thanks to the scholarship, he graduated in summer 2022 from the LPN-to-RN program at Western Kentucky University.