Lacy Sexton, R.N., B.S.N.

Empowering Women: A Hunt School of Nursing Alumna’s Journey from Social Work to Health Care 

Graduated: Hunt School of Nursing, 2020

Lacy Sexton, R.N., B.S.N.
Lacy Sexton, R.N., B.S.N.

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Labor and Delivery Nurse, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

With plans to be a social worker, Lacy Sexton graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 with a Bachelor of Social Work.

“I originally went into social work with a focus on domestic violence,” Sexton said. “I wanted to work with women to empower and advocate for them.”

After moving to El Paso with her husband, Sexton had two life-altering experiences. In 2017, she was present for the birth of her first nephew, and shortly after, a close friend whom she supported during treatments died of breast cancer.

“That year changed my life,” Sexton said.

She decided to pursue a career in nursing by enrolling in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing, with aspirations of becoming a labor and delivery nurse to continue supporting women.

The 16-month program meant rigorous coursework and clinical studies, but Sexton made time to take on a leadership role as a member of the Student Government Association. This led to one of her favorite memories from her time at our health sciences center: She met and shadowed Texas Tech University System Regent Ginger Kerrick during Kerrick’s visit to TTUHSC El Paso in October.

“She was so inspiring and encouraging,” Sexton said of Kerrick, an El Paso native and accomplished NASA scientist. “It was a dream to hear her speak and meet her face-to-face.”

As a recent graduate, Sexton was excited to return to her hometown to work as a labor and delivery nurse at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. The 36-bed unit has a patient population that’s underserved and high-risk.

“I feel honored to work with, support, and encourage women during the incredibly special and unique experience that is motherhood,” Sexton said. “A dream for the future is to become a certified nurse midwife to create meaningful relationships with patients while advocating for them during every step of pregnancy and birth.”