Walmart makes top of CBS Interactive Business Network list of Business Blunders of the Year for firing Wichita worker

WICHITA — Sometimes getting fired can be a good thing.

Just ask Heather Ravenstein, the Walmart worker who lost her job at the West Kellogg Walmart in May after she went against policy and foiled a shoplifter.

First, she continues to receive mostly positive attention for what she did.

On Wednesday, the online CBS Interactive Business Network named Walmart’s action the worst on its list of Business Blunders of the Year.

“Stop, thief! Um … on second thought, never mind,” read the headline.

“It made number one?” Ravenstein said. “Holy cow.”

More importantly, though, Ravenstein is on the path to following her dream of becoming a nurse.

She became a certified nurse assistant and is working at the Haysville Health Care Center.

“I love it,” Ravenstein said. “It has its bad days, but every place does.”

She particularly loves helping people.

“Sometimes it’s being there in their last moments,” Ravenstein said. “You get attached to them.”

When her 5-year-old son, TJ, goes to kindergarten this fall, Ravenstein says she will start nursing school.

Thanks to the CBS report, there was renewed interest in Ravenstein’s story on Wednesday.

A couple of new offers of help came, too. For instance, the Urban League of Kansas wants to help Ravenstein become a nurse.

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