Hunter Burkhart
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Hunter Burkhart poses in McCord nursing lab

Hunter Burkhart

“The program at Austin Peay has been great for building my confidence and showing me that Austin Peay nurses really do make some great nurses.”
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee
Involvement: Awarded Vanderbilt University Medical Center Credo Award in critical care track during summer 2018 internship at the hospital; peer leader for APSU 1000 classes

When Hunter Burkhart was 8 years old, his dad suffered a heart attack. When Hunter was 9 years old, his dad suffered a stroke.

Those events arrested life for Hunter and his family. They spent weeks in the hospital, caring for his father. The memories will never fade. But that time in the hospital also left an indelible mark on Hunter. He wanted to become a nurse.

“The nurses who were there, they took care of us,” Hunter said. “My dad was pretty sick, and they tried to make me feel better.”

Those days in the hospital with his dad were when he first realized he wanted to be a nurse. The desire clung to him through high school and brought him to Austin Peay State University.

“The program at Austin Peay as a whole has been educational and has been great for building my confidence and showing me that Austin Peay nurses really do make some great nurses,” Hunter said.

“Austin Peay has helped pave my path.”