Meet the Nursing Program Director
Tammy Clutter, RN/MBA/BSN, is the Nursing Program Director at East Ohio College. Tammy has worked at East Ohio College for seven years, when she started as a clinical instructor for Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Mental Health. She was then given the position of Lead Faculty for the Nursing department and became the Nursing Program Director shortly thereafter. Tammy has an extensive educational background, including graduating from Wellsville High School, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Kent State East Liverpool, a BSN from Ohio University, an MBA from Grand Canyon University, and an MSN with an emphasis on Leadership in Health Care Services from Grand Canyon University, and one year of Doctorate in Nursing from Grand Canyon University.
When asked about her prior work experience, Tammy said she worked as an RN in telemetry and critical care at East Liverpool Hospital for ten years, as well as casual work as a telemetry RN at Northside Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Heritage Valley Beaver. She has also worked as a travel RN in Texas and Cincinnati and was an RN in telemetry at Trinity Health Systems West.
When asked why she chose to work at East Ohio College, Tammy said, “I wanted to make a difference. My goal was to become a unit manager or a member of the administration in a hospital setting so that I could add more of a “human” touch to the position. I wanted to be the one who interacted with staff and knew firsthand what was needed.” She continued, “I wanted to be a “people’s” manager who didn’t just sit in their office and issue demands. My desire was to walk the walk that the staff were asked to walk daily. After a failed attempt to secure a management position at a local hospital, I started putting my application out in various areas- teaching is one. Teaching was never on my radar as a potential career, but when I got the call from Mrs. Walker, the Program Director at the time, I said, “Why not?” The rest is history- I fell in love with teaching! I love what I do, and the people that I get to work with are amazing!”
Tammy says that her favorite part of working at EOC is that she gets to live her goal of making a difference. “I get to be a part of sending 25-30 new nurses into the field every year, and I’m so excited knowing that this number will soon be at least doubling! Every hospital out there is screaming for nurses; patients deserve to have highly skilled and educated healthcare workers to provide the care that they need. It’s just such a great feeling to know that I am responsible for filling that need.” Tammy says that she has so many good memories from working at EOC, but she says her fondest is “when my son was working here with me. Tim started out as an English teacher and then branched out to ultimately become the Career Management Director. Anyone who knows Tim can just imagine what working with him must have been like. Working side-by-side with him was great.”
When asked where she finds her motivation, Tammy said, “I am motivated on a daily basis by my family. I have the most amazing family- and, of course, my fur babies. I’ve always had some type of fur baby, and I just can’t imagine my life without them. They give all the unconditional love that a person can handle and always manage to put a smile on my face. I have been blessed with a great family, the most amazing snuggly fur babies, and the absolute most incredible co-workers.” Tammy says that she is most proud of her son. “Anyone who knows Tim knows just what a wonderful human being he is. He is, by far, the best thing I have ever made! All throughout his life, he has been my best friend and confidant. His humor is second to none, and he is one of the most compassionate human beings I have ever met. I am obviously one proud mama.”
Tammy enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of the campus. “Anything from dinner to movies to vacationing. My coworkers and I actually vacationed in Florida for several days last year. That was a great time.” When asked about something interesting that not many people know about her, Tammy said, “I enjoy a good game of Call of Duty. Yep, on any given weekend, this 50-something-year-old Nursing Program Director can be found sitting in her bedroom, kicked back in her recliner, killing zombies until the wee hours of the morning. I also enjoy a good horror flick now and again- I was a huge fan of the Walking Dead– until it fizzled out.”