While studying nursing at Cedarville University I participated in Army ROTC. I commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Army Nurse Corps in May 2007, and started my nursing career as a PACU Nurse at Fort Gordon, in Augusta Georgia. A year later I married my wife, Eva Stark, upon her graduation from Cedarville’s nursing program in 2008. After graduation, I worked in a variety of hospital settings including medical-surgical, ER, and ICU units in Baghdad, Iraq, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Bliss, Texas.
Eva’s nursing training from Cedarville University gave her a strong foundation, making her successful in a variety of nursing jobs over the past six years, from burn units, to telemetry units, to adult ICU units. She has found her “calling” in pediatrics and most recently worked at a level-one trauma pediatric ICU. In December 2013, I graduated from the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, receiving my Masters of Science in Nursing, and am currently serving our country as a CRNA at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The solid foundation I received at Cedarville University helped prepare me to be a leader and role model within Army Nurse Corps, and helped prepare Eva with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and flexibility needed to work in a variety of nursing roles as we continue our military adventure. Whether it’s providing anesthesia for our wounded soldiers, or lessening a child's anxiety by starting an IV first on their stuffed animal, Cedarville University’s Nursing Program taught my wife and I compassionate, safe, and quality nursing care.
Captain Peter Shellabarger
Army Nurse, CRNA
'07 Cedarville Alumni