Student Profile: Matthew Bledsoe
At a young age Matthew Bledsoe, senior B.S. with a major in nursing student on the Monmouth campus, knew two things: he wanted a career in a health care setting and he wanted to fly an Apache helicopter. The inspiration for these objectives was Bledsoe’s uncle who stopped by one day wearing his army uniform. Bledsoe learned from his mother that the uniform signified his uncle’s status as an Army Officer who just happened to be a doctor. Bledsoe set his sights on similar goals.
Three tours in Iraq, rising to the rank of sergeant, and leading infantry soldiers built a strong foundation for Bledsoe’s next ambition. Once back to civilian life he enrolled in school right away, taking prerequisites for a nursing degree. His time in Iraq and his preparation paid off. Bledsoe says, “We had a lot of cultural sensitivity training in the infantry. We were dealing with regular people who wanted a safe environment for their kids. I learned that respect is fundamental in helping people and I hope to bring that to my nursing career.”
Health care careers run in Bledsoe’s family with a brother who serves as a combat medic in the National Guard; his mother, a recent B.S. with a major in Nursing graduate from the Monmouth campus, his step-dad is an x-ray technician, and his uncle who is a doctor. Bledsoe hopes to take his education further and go to school for Nurse Anesthesia.