TLC Nursing Instructor

Hello Everyone! My name is Terrell Clima and I am the one who put all these words together on paper. I put together courses I thought you might need to increase your knowledge base, and to make your job and personal life a safer place. I know one of my hardest tasks in this life is to read through a boring class and retain any of the information. It has always been a great way for me to fall asleep at night. All I have to do is start my homework and I fall asleep. (he he he).

I have been in the nursing field for 21 years. I started out my journey in 1984. I was floundering through life trying to find my niche. I was a single mom, and had two of the most beautiful daughters God could make. They were my inspiration. I heard about a nursing assistant class that was being offered in town and thought that I might be a fun thing to do.

To my great surprise, becoming a C.N.A. changed my life. It was the hardest and most eye opening experience in my life. I, like many of you, lived in the world full of the here and now. I was never around geriatric people, and death was out there but not around my life. I worked very hard getting through the C.N.A. class, on the floor with the patients, as well as in the classroom. My grades in high school were not that of a great scholar. In fact, I struggled to graduate from high school.

I started getting good grades in the C.N.A. class and the most awesome part was the blessings I was getting from my patients. The joy of a beautiful ninety year old woman when I would do something as simple as offer her ice water, or the look of the man who reminded me of my grandpa. I would just sit and listen to his stories and hold his hand. I was hooked...

As I said C.N.A was one of the hardest jobs I had ever had. The physical part of the job was killing me. I knew now my grades were good, so I decided to continue on with my journey and go to L.V.N. school. I completed the L.V.N. program and passed my state test in 1986. It was a great job and I worked hard but, it was more mental than physical. The title brought on a lot more stress and I didn't get to spend as much time with the patients.

I continued on my journey and took night and weekend classes. Little by little I completed the RN bridge program, and passed my state boards in 1991. I was an RN. I thought that would be enough, I thought I had reached my goal.

I learned right there and then we are never done... You always need to have a goal in front of you, if you do not, why would we get out of bed...

I worked in long term care for the first years of my nursing life and was ready to move on. I went into home health care... It was a great place to work, but I needed more... I went on with my education.

Today I have my RN, a Bachelors degree in Vocational Education, a designated teaching credential, I am certified as a substance abuse counselor and smoking cessation instructor... and a few more I have put on the back burner. I love education...

What a journey my life has been, and I still have so much more to see and to feel and most important to LEARN! I am so blessed with all of the gifts I have received from God..

I need to stress the fact that I have a wonderful family, My husband and I have the honor of sharing six children and one grandson, and above and beyond everything my family comes first, I have learned to work less hours make less money and give more time to them,,,

Please Never take life for granted for it is the most awesome gift God has given us and what we do with it is all up to us, never under estimate the power you have within, never sell yourself short,, reach for the moon and if you trip along the way you might catch a few stars too... God bless your journey my friend.

We have a scholarship here at TLC: we will be giving away $500.00 at the end of each year to help someone like you go on with your nursing education. If you are interested in this scholarship, please send in a 1 - 2 page letter, letting me know why you want the scholarship.

I hope you have fun with these courses, and I hope to see you back at this site as much as you need to. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at