Great Nurse - Robert Burch
Robert Burch, a 2000 graduate of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, is great at his job. And now, the Hudson native has a statewide award under his belt to prove it.
Burch was recently named one of the 2011 Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina, which recognizes nurses from across the state for Nursing Excellence.
Burch is currently employed with Carolinas Healthcare System as a Flight Nurse with MedCenter Air, in Charlotte, N.C., where he has served since July 2000.
Burch served four years in the U.S. Navy stationed in Norfolk, Va. aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 aircraft carrier.
Once discharged from the Navy, Burch began volunteering at Hudson Fire/Rescue and received his certification as an EMT in 1994. From there, Burch decided he wanted to further his education and CCC&TI seemed like the natural choice.
Despite the challenges of juggling family responsibilities and attending college, Burch says that the benefits were well worth the sacrifices he made to earn his degree and that attending CCC&TI helped him secure employment. “Prior to graduating, I began applying for jobs. Each hospital that I spoke with knew of CCC&TI’s nursing program and spoke highly of it,” he said. “One hospital HR recruiter told me that she would rather hire a CCC&TI graduate over a nurse who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.”
After graduation, Burch was hired by MedCenter Air to serve as a transport nurse for Carolinas Healthcare System. In addition to his degree from CCC&TI, Burch also earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, cum laude, from Western Carolina University in December 2008 and also holds 8 certifications in different specialties of nursing ranging from Pediatric Advanced Life Support to Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.