Kaylee Cantrell, originally from Smithville, moved to Lebanon in 2013 to attend Cumberland University.
Cantrell graduated from CU in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She currently works as a registered nurse on the Oncology, Diabetes, and Medical-Surgical floor at Summit Medical Center.
“The most rewarding part of my job is when I can give care to those who need it most and see the true appreciation they have for their nurses,” she said.
She is also pursuing a master’s of science in nursing with a focus on administration and leadership at Cumberland.
“My future career goals are to use my MSN degree to be able to move into an administration/leadership role in the healthcare field and I would love for that job to be in the pediatric field,” Cantrell explained. “Serving the pediatric population is truly where my heart lies.”
Between a fulltime job and being a graduate assistant at Cumberland University while working on her MSN, Cantrell has very limited free time. Her hobbies include hot yoga, shopping, getting her nails done and spending as much time as possible with family, friends and her boyfriend.
She is a member of Temple Baptist Church in Smithville, where her father, Shannon Cantrell, is the pastor.
She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society.
Cantrell named her mom, Tonya, as a woman who has impacted her life.
“She loves immensely, leads with poise, and cares for anyone that may need. My mother raised me by example to be a strong woman that loves with all we have and gives no matter what,” Cantrell said. “What a blessing it has been to be raised by such a selfless mother.”