Amanda Poling has been employed by WVJC since December 2020 as the Clinical Coordinator for the nursing programs. She is responsible for the clinical side of both nursing programs at the Bridgeport campus. As the clinical coordinator, Amanda is responsible for developing affiliation agreements with various area hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. She ensures all students are compliant with West Virginia Board of Nursing requirements for clinical experience and schedules all clinical assignments for the practical nursing students and registered nursing students. She takes great pride in developing sound clinical experiences for the students and enjoys hearing all the stories students have from the clinical rotations.
When asked what motivates her, she had this to say, “What motivates me is hearing the excitement the students have after a wonderful clinical day. They are able to take the information and knowledge learned in the classroom and apply [it] to real patients. It gives them a sense of accomplishment when they are able to link a concept learned in the classroom to their live patient in the clinical setting.”
Prior to working at WVJC, Amanda wore many hats. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After completing her nursing degree, she worked as a pediatric oncology nurse, traveled as a pediatric oncology nurse, worked as an outpatient infusion nurse, surgical nurse, and most recently, as an assistant professor of nursing. Amanda continued her education and obtained a Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Management Degree in 2016 from Western Governors University, and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Walden University in 2017. She also recently applied to The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program.
Her favorite part of working for WVJC is watching the students become successful professionals. She also appreciates the flexibility and the wonderful administration and staff that have the same passion for seeing students succeed.
Practical 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.”
WVJC 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.