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Spotlight on LRSC graduate

By   Ryan Laughlin, Valley News Live
05 /22/2017

By Ryan Laughlin, Valley News Live

Aired May 20, 2017

This time of year many of young people put on the cap and gown and receive diplomas for their academic achievements.

But, not all paths to graduation are alike.

Melinda Mund is learning how to care for patients.

"In this place nobody dies. I mean, that's the wonderful thing about this. We can do it over and over and over again until we get it right," Mund said.

Her path, different from her peers.

"You know, I bet you're the only student nurse there that's on social security. I looked at him and in my mind I'm thinking, yea, on medicare too," she laughed.

At 68-years-old, after two years of studying at Lake Region State College, Melinda, is here.

But, this isn't the first time she's walked across a stage with her classmates.

"I could be the mother to all of them and a grandmother to quite a few of them," Mund said.

The last time Melinda graduated was in 1967.

"Back then you had almost three choices. You could be a secretary, a teacher or a nurse. Well, I was not good at typing and I was scared to stand in front of people," Mund said.

So she became a LPN, a licensed practical nurse.

"When I started nurses training we gave each other shots. And actually the first time I had to give my best friend a shot, I said, 'I'll quit before I do it. Because, it was so awful,'" Mund said.

She made it through the practice shots in 1967, cared for thousands of people through the decades and learned a lot along the way. But, then she had a new thought.

"And I just got scared, and thought, what if I die and I have all this information in there and nobody knows about it. It's a dumb thing to say, but that's how I felt," Mund said.

She wanted to teach her colleagues some of the healing techniques she's learned, but was told she wasn't qualified. Which brings her back here, 50 years later, to graduate as an RN, a registered nurse.

Making this ceremony extra special.

Her daughter, a teacher at the college, is the one who reads her name as she crosses the stage.

"God puts us where we're supposed to be," Mund said. "Way back then I when I was a nurse I thought, you know what, I don't care if I'm a nurse or not, I'll just do it. I said, I'd never be an RN and well if I pass the boards that's what's going to happen. So I say never, say never, because you never know what's going to happen."

Proving it's never too late to keep learning.

Melinda says the key to her success has been maintaining a positive attitude. She's looking forward to passing her boards exam and then she'll be able to put on a class to finally teach her fellow nurses some of the things she's learned from 50 years of caring for others.