Ashlee Griggs Rector Loves Being a Nurse

by Monica Hoel
Ashlee Griggs never imagined herself in the field of nursing, but now she’s a registered and nurse and says, “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

She studied athletic training at Emory & Henry and planned to go to physical therapy school. But after finishing her undergraduate work she took a little break to catch her breath and took a job as a patient advocate. It convinced her that she wanted to be more “hands on” with her role in health care.

She went to Virginia Highlands Community College for training and wasn’t sure what area of nursing she would enter. She started out in orthopedics, and really loved seeing someone come in with obvious mobility issues and then complete treatment looking so much more comfortable and happier. But after watching her dad work through skin cancer, she found she really had an interest in dermatology, and that’s where she’s working today.

There are also many branches of nursing. “There are nurse educators, patient educators, surgery assistants, scribes – so many options. But once I got involved with being a patient educator, I knew I had found my spot.”

In her role, she gets to meet with a patient after the doctor has completed treatment, and it is up to Ashley to explain what happens next. “I like being an educator because it helps people know how to stay healthy going forward. And I love it when people come back healthier and feeling better.”

What is Ashley’s best advice? She laughs as she says, “Get out of those tanning beds and put on some sunscreen!” Then she added, “Always trust your gut: if you think you need a second opinion, get one. And always do your annual exam.”

Ashley says nurse’s training wasn’t easy, but she constantly experiences gratification for what she has learned. “It is the hardest most rewarding experience. With nursing you’re not just trying to pass a test…you really have to know it. But being able to recall the training and put that knowledge into use makes it all worthwhile.”

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2287-eamph-mass-communications-student-story-hannah"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,21,300,321/11075_jack_ginn.rev.1648644408.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,21,300,321/11075_jack_ginn.rev.1648644408.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,21,300,321/11075_jack_ginn.rev.1648644408.jpg" alt="Jack Ginn E&H Class of 1988" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="300" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2287-eamph-mass-communications-student-story-hannah">E&H Mass Communications Student Story: Hannah Medley shares a story of Marion Senior High School’s newest addition – Jack Ginn</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class.</em><strong><br/><br/></strong>Coach Jack Ginn says, “I haven’t had to work much in 34 years; I do what I love and that’s coaching.” <a href="/live/news/2287-eamph-mass-communications-student-story-hannah" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2674-shew-property-holdings-is-more-than-just-a-realty"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.jpg" alt="Monica Halsey-Shew (E&H Class of 2007) with son Rory and husband Daniel Shew." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,750,750/13031_shew.rev.1672948323.jpg 2x" data-max-w="750" data-max-h="750" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2674-shew-property-holdings-is-more-than-just-a-realty">Shew Property Holdings is More Than Just a Realty Company</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> It’s a for-profit company with a non-profit vibe.</p><a href="/live/news/2674-shew-property-holdings-is-more-than-just-a-realty" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg" alt="Rachel Edwards Emory & Henry Class of 1999" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 2x" data-max-w="958" data-max-h="958" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for">Rachel Edwards is a Professional Reader for Audible</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> At first, she thought it might be a scam; but it has turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. <a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2112-basketball-showcase-honoring-coach-bob-johnson"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,352,325/10543_bob_johnson.rev.1638380928.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,352,325/10543_bob_johnson.rev.1638380928.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,352,325/10543_bob_johnson.rev.1638380928.jpg" alt="Coach Bob Johnson, former Emory & Henry men's basketball head coach." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="352" data-max-h="325" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2112-basketball-showcase-honoring-coach-bob-johnson">Basketball Showcase Honoring Coach Bob Johnson Launches Dec. 18</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew Hart is organizing a basketball showcase aimed at honoring his former coach, Bob Johnson. But the rest of the story is that every team in the event has a connection to Coach Johnson.</span> <a href="/live/news/2112-basketball-showcase-honoring-coach-bob-johnson" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2284-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-destiny-fulton-tells"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,400/11070_scott.rev.1648640972.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,400/11070_scott.rev.1648640972.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,400/11070_scott.rev.1648640972.jpg" alt="Rev. Scott Spence E&H Class of 2011" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2284-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-destiny-fulton-tells">E&H Mass Comm Student Story: Destiny Fulton tells the amazing come-back story of Rev. Scott Spence</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class. </em><a href="/live/news/2284-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-destiny-fulton-tells" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>