For as long as he can remember, David Hudson has wanted to be a nurse.
“I’ve never wanted to be anything else,” said Hudson as he reflected on his childhood, then 30 years working in healthcare.
A North Carolina native, Dr. Hudson got his undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees at Gardner-Webb, Mercy School of Nursing, and Queens University. He then began work as a staff nurse at Carolinas Medical Center.
He thought he had it all
He was pursuing his dream career that also allowed him financial stability, But with the great recession of 2009, that all changed. Dr. Hudson lost his job. After failing to land a new hospital post, he began to think nobody would ever hire him.
Until the phone rang. The former dean of students at Queens was calling Hudson to notify him of the university’s nursing program expansion and the need for another full-time faculty member.
The dean offered Hudson the job, and Hudson said yes. He said that he had no idea what he was getting himself into. But, it seemed worth a shot in such an uncertain time.
Originally drawn to Queens by a previous mentor and this dean of students, he felt it was a smart choice.
Now, he says, the past 12 years spent teaching at Queens has been rewarding. Watching his students grow, seeing how his knowledge can benefit generations to come, and knowing he’s making dreams come true are some of his favorite things about his job.
“I’m making an impact on healthcare one student at a time,” he said. But what makes Hudson so special?
“He radiates good vibes as a nursing professor, ‘’ said Alessia Mastrando, a recent graduate from the Queens nursing program. “He went out of his way to make sure we understood everything.’’
Others say that Hudson is constantly scanning the curriculum to find newer and better ways to teach the program. “It’s constant and ever-changing,’’ said Hudson.
As he continues to grow and adapt his lessons and the nursing program, Hudson hopes to leave one main legacy.
“I want people to know I was devoted to my students,’’ he said. “I was here to help our students become better people.”