Morgantown Nursing Program Highlight

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Healthcare employment opportunities continue to rise.  Nursing, specifically, is expected to see better than average growth over the next decade.  “Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.” (BLS 1)

The BLS is a great resource to learn about occupations of all types. When considering a new career or career move, though, there are a ton of other factors to consider. If nursing is on your list, the options are nearly infinite. Nurses work in all walks of healthcare, have degree paths available from associate to doctoral level, can work in virtually anywhere in the world, and are always in high demand. Given all of this, if you are heading down the nursing path, it is helpful to know what your goals are.

While the possibilities of the career are nearly infinite, the training and curriculum are fairly specific. We will focus our time here on the program at WVJC Morgantown. However, it should be noted that all programs in West Virginia are governed by the same body so the requirements to take your NCLEX certification are similar. Nursing programs have a very specific set of requirements to follow and this is part of what makes entry into a nursing program so coveted!

WVJC’s Nursing program has enjoyed quite a bit of student success over the last several years! This success earned our program a #2 ranking in the state of WV in 2019 (by registerednurse.org, which is an independent site designed to be a resource for those looking into the field- link below).

So far we know what the career prospects are like, how the training is set up, and what WVJC is doing. So, what does it take to get into and complete an 18 month Associate Degree program? Grit.  At least according to Nursing Program Director, Julie Whetsell. “If you look at the definition of the word Grit, it is described as strength of character, courage, and resolve. Which I can’t help but equate to the definition of a great nurse. A great nurse is a patient advocate, an outstanding communicator, able to hold their own in a trying environment, and extremely knowledgeable in their craft yet not afraid to ask questions. Nurses proverbially get pushed down a lot, and every time a nurse will show that resolve and get back up to keep caring for their patients. It is not a profession to be taken lightly, and neither is nursing school. A nursing student needs that same grit, in fact, I expect it. If they embody those qualities and are willing to buckle down and learn, becoming a nurse through our program is just 18 months away which is an amazing opportunity.”

If you have now determined that you have the “grit” needed to complete a challenging nursing program, you should know that WVJC’s program is a direct admittance program! There is no pre-nursing education coursework at all. If you meet the requirements, and are selected, you will enter directly into the Nursing program. This is one benefit of a short-term program like ours. Another interesting note about WVJC’s Nursing program is the schedule. Classes occur during evening and weekend hours. This gives students the flexibility during the day to study, do homework, work, etc.

At this point, you may be starting to wonder how to get the admissions process started for our program. Request information here!

References

BLS 1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

Link below https://www.registerednursing.org/state/west-virginia/#rankings

Practical Nursing Program Highlight

Students in LabPractical Nursing students complete their first clinical experience.

Making a difference and helping others are common themes among those interested in becoming medical professionals.  As the first clinical rotation draws to a close for our Practical Nursing students here at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport, those ideals are very real for our students.

PN students received their first clinical experience with the Arbors at Fairmont, a leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services.  This first rotation has allowed these students to get Practical Nursing experience and assist those in need.

Sydni Stover, Practical Nursing student, said “I feel that clinical instruction enhanced my learning experience tremendously.  Making the connection between medical terms and patient physiology within a clinical setting has helped give me a better understanding of the classwork and how it applies in practice.”

Working in a clinical setting also means that you are hands-on with patients.  This experience is invaluable for the student, but important for the patient as well.  PN student Tammy Ketterman said, “The patients truly appreciated us for all we have done for them and I can walk away knowing I did all I could to make a difference in each one of their lives.”

lPN group arborsWVJC Clinical Coordinator Pam Wilson agrees that this type of instruction is important.  “Clinical instruction is a vital part of a nursing student’s experience.  This is where we get to see the students take all the information they have been taught in the classroom, and apply in in the clinical setting.  It increases students’ confidence by allowing human interaction, performing skills successfully, and seeing the different avenues of healthcare within their community.”   She also agrees that the patients are greatly impacted by the student’s presence.  “The impact these students have on their patients is profound. The students learn quickly what a positive difference they make, not only to one individual but the entire community.”

This has been a valuable experience for our students and the patients they care for.  Kim Shaw, Director of Nursing, for Arbors at Fairmont had this to say, “The staff love the students and I think some will cry when they leave tomorrow.”

The end of the first clinical rotation brings about the beginning of the next and they are excited to begin their new experiences next week.