Premier Nursing Academy is excited to announce the addition of our newest Program Director, Scott Harrell. Scott will be overseeing the instruction of our certified nursing assistant (CNA) training courses at our new locations in Tampa, Florida. Scott comes to Premier Nursing Academy with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Scott started his journey in healthcare in 2002. Growing up in western Kansas, he saw family member after family member experience success in a variety of healthcare positions and decided it was his turn to change his life. He enrolled at North Central Kansas Technical College in Hays, Kansas, to begin his education. Scott first became a CNA and gained valuable experience working through an agency for a variety of hospitals in southwest Kansas. As he spent time shadowing nurses, he realized he wanted to pursue a career as a nurse. These experiences as a CNA made his transition into a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and then registered nurse (RN) in 2006 a natural and rewarding progression of his career. In 2009, Scott moved to Tampa, FL where he continued working as an RN.
Scott began teaching CNA training classes in 2018. After conducting staff education training for several years in his previous roles, he decided to pursue a career as an instructor as a way to impact the healthcare workforce. He believes a positive attitude is the most important element of providing healthcare to others. As an instructor, Scott now has the opportunity to teach up-and-coming healthcare professionals to approach patient care with the same positivity he so strongly believes in.
The Premier Nursing Academy leadership is eager to welcome Scott’s talents. “Scott brings a wealth of experience and genuine passion for patient care to this role and we could not be more excited to have him on board,” says Chief Operating Officer Matt Killday. “Along with the rest of the Premier Nursing Academy team in Florida, we are confident that he will help guide the next generation of first-rate healthcare professionals into meaningful careers with our employer partners.”
Scott says it was the enthusiasm of the Premier Nursing Academy team that drew him to this Program Director role. He is looking forward to becoming a part of the Premier Nursing Academy organization and helping others start their journey in the healthcare field as a CNA, just like he did. When asked what advice he would give to someone who is considering becoming a CNA, he says, “Do it—you will never regret it!”
When he’s not teaching, you’ll likely find Scott outdoors. He enjoys utilizing his other degree in automotive tech to work on his son’s car and spending time on the open road riding his Harley-Davidson Night Rod.