A graduate of Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus was recognized at a private reception Wednesday by the statewide college system.
Lynnetta “Nita” Loveland, now a nursing instructor at Ivy Tech, was lauded for her dedication, professional approach, positive attitude, organizational skills and commitment to her students.
She graduated from the medical assistant program of the Prosser Vocational Centre at New Albany High School and soon after found work for a doctor in Louisville.
He took her under his wing and encouraged her to become a nurse — and she did, but not without some obstacles along the way.
Loveland started working three jobs to save money and took a few classes at Indiana University Southeast. She married, bought a home, worked two jobs and gave birth to two daughters.
She earned a technical certificate in practical nursing from Ivy Tech — Sellersburg in 2005, an associate of science in nursing degree from the Columbus campus in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from IUPUC in 2009.
But just as Loveland was about to accept a position with Anthem in 2009, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 invasive ductile breast cancer.
She said the relentless push from the media to remind women about breast self-examinations kept her alive today.
As she battled the cancer — she had a bilateral mastectomy — officials at Anthem stood by her side.
They gave her financial assistance and encouraged her to finish her master’s program in nursing — and she did.
Loveland graduated with a master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from IUPUI in 2013.
She is currently studying for her American Nurses Credentialing Center certification and plans to enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the Indiana University School of Nursing.