Amanda Poling – Nursing Staff Highlight

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.

To learn more about WVJC’s nursing programs, request information here!

Maddie Owens – Student Highlight

Prior to enrolling at WVJC, Maddie Owens was trying to figure out the right career path for herself. She was enrolled at another institution after graduating high school, but found it wasn’t the best fit. After talking with a few of her friends who were attending WVJC and hearing about their great experience, she decided to look into it for herself. She had always known she wanted to find a career that would allow her to help others and give back to the community, and WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program felt like a great fit for her.

Maddie’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been the teacher-student relationships. “My professors have been so helpful and kind. I am comfortable enough to text, email, or call them at any time.” Her favorite class is her English Composition course taught by Rachel Salvucci. She also loves when Dustin Blankenship helps to teach the class. “He is so approachable and made the learning experience fun.”

Maddie most recently accepted a position as a clinical associate at a local hospital and is excited to become a part of the medical field and continue to grow by furthering her education. Maddie hopes to be working as a medical assistant or a phlebotomist in a hospital or doctor’s office setting after graduating. Her long-term goals include becoming an RN in the next five years.

If you feel that you could benefit from learning more about WVJC’s programs, request information here!

Registered Nursing Program – Bridgeport Campus

WVJC Bridgeport is set to complete our second six-week term of WVJC’s Nursing program! It’s been an exciting time for our campus as we’ve added an RN training program that prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses’ (NCLEX-RN)* exam to WVJC Bridgeport’s list of available course options.  WVJC Bridgeport started its first cohort of 40 nursing students on June 29th, 2020. Not only do we love to see people who are passionate about learning to care for those around them, but WVJC’s nursing program also helps fill a void in our community.

Currently, there are approximately 3 million registered nurses in the US with more than 5,000 employment vacancies. The Board of Labor and Statistics estimates more than 500,000 RNs will be needed by 2030 to cover the medical needs of the country and vacancies caused by RNs retiring. In WV alone, more than 2,000 new RNs will be needed by 2025 to meet the state’s health care needs.

WVJC Bridgeport’s Nursing program lasts 18 months, with classes starting each June. Classes are Monday through Friday with scheduling to assist students who are actively working. Those who have completed Practical Nursing programs** have the opportunity to test out of several classes and can potentially achieve their nursing degree in as little as one year.  If you have a desire to become a Registered Nurse, request information here!

*Passing the NCLEX – RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.
**See catalog for detailed eligibility criteria.
Credits may not be transferable. Individual results may vary. Information on this slide was current at the time of publishing.

Brandee Clevenger – Student Highlight

Brandee chose West Virginia Junior College’s Practical Nursing program because she wanted a school that was smaller to receive one on one attention and excellent outcomes. After doing some research, she found that the WVJC Bridgeport campus has maintained a 100% NCLEX pass rate, since starting the Practical Nursing program in 2015. After her interview, she knew she was interested and in the right place to achieve her goals.

She began her courses shortly after being accepted into the program. Her excitement was overwhelming, and she couldn’t wait to reach her goal. She said she likes WVJC because of the smaller classes because it allows for more one on one instruction with the nursing instructors. She wants to become a nurse because every day is different and a challenge. As a nurse, she will also learn something continually.

Brandee’s hobbies include riding horses, gardening, and spending time with her family. When she graduates this December, she plans on working in the cardiac unit or pediatrics. Brandee explained the heart has always fascinated her, and pediatrics will always hold a special place in her heart because children are the sweetest. Her five-year plan is to complete nursing school and get a position in a hospital. She plans to continue her education with the WVJC Nursing program as part of her five-year plan. She said, “In summary, my plan is to become an RN and be a successful nurse.”

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Nursing admissions process

One of the most commonly asked questions of our admissions department involves entry into the Nursing program. For most people, when considering the healthcare field for employment, they think of becoming a nurse (RN). As you read this, you probably have an image of one in your head…scrubs, stethoscope, white shoes, and a kind demeanor. The person in your mental image may be someone that you have met, someone that took care of you or a family member in a time of need, or maybe even your future self!  Now, the reality is that there are MANY types of healthcare professionals (Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, etc.) that fit the image you have created, but you have decided that this person is an RN and that is what you want to become.

The question is, how?  The guide below will help give you a picture of what it takes to navigate the Direct Admittance Nursing (RN) program at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown.

Step 1: Call the WVJC campus at 304-296-8282, request information on our website, or even walk into the campus to ask for more information on the program.

Step 2: Work with our Nursing admissions advisor to schedule a campus visit personalized to determine your needs, your correct fit, and the right timing for you.  YES! While becoming a Nurse is the goal, how and when that happens is very much personalized to your needs and situation.

Step 3: Schedule your TEAS exam or consider our TEAS Prep Program, first, to prepare for the exam.  Most Nursing programs require an entrance exam of some sort, and at WVJC, it is the TEAS. This is an exam designed to test your knowledge as the ACT or SAT would…but with a heavy dose of science. You should plan on spending 3-5 hours at our campus on test day, and be sure to study in advance (see TEAS Prep program option mentioned above). The key in this step is to keep moving forward. Choose a path, TEAS or TEAS Prep, and commit to it. There is little time to waste as space in the program is limited and competition is high.

Step 4:  Complete the Nursing application.  The components of this application can be, and are recommended to be, completed as you are preparing for the TEAS exam. The nursing application includes your TEAS scores (showing passing and competitive scores), your application, a fee, multiple essays, letters of reference, transcripts from high school and all post-secondary schools you have attended, and any other items requested by your nursing admissions advisor.

Step 5:  Interview with the Nursing Program Director. Think of this as you would a job interview. Be prepared, confident, and dressed appropriately. If accepted by the Program Director, you move on to step 6.

Step 6: Meet with Financial Aid:  At this point, you have been accepted into the program, and meeting with financial aid is the next step on your way to becoming a nursing student. In this step, you will meet one-on-one with a financial aid representative who will walk you through the college financial aid process and help you determine what aid you may qualify for.

Step 7:  Complete clearances, immunizations, and health screenings prior to orientation.  This is one of the last steps, but a very important one as you prepare for orientation and the start of classes.

Step 8:  Attend orientation and begin classes.  With all of the required steps and approvals out of the way, you are now ready to begin your ultimate task, being a student who is fully committed to the rigor of the nursing program, striving to be successful for the next 18 months and, ultimately, walking across the stage as a graduate of WVJC’s Nursing program.

We know that taking that first step can be a little daunting but the faculty and staff at WVJC will be there with you every step of the way! For more information on WVJC’s nursing program, or any of our other allied health programs, please visit our website at wvjc.edu!

Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Larissa Sauvageot

CHARLESTON, WV – Larissa Sauvageot decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus by consulting with a fellow student.

“I chose to go to WVJC after I had my daughter,” Larissa said. “I had checked into it a few times with my friend, Lauren. I figured it would work out great since I stayed home through the day with the baby and I could attend classes at night.”

Larissa chose the medical program for a couple reasons.

“I chose the medical field because, more than likely, I will never have issues finding a job,” she said. “I also wanted to help make my family more financially comfortable.”

Out of all of her classes, Larissa enjoyed being in lab the most. WVJC’s medical lab classes help all students learn crucial skills with hands-on experience. Being able to adapt these skills quickly is a great part of what the program offers.

While classes were very important, Larissa gained more than just knowledge from her time at WVJC.

“My favorite part of being a student at WVJC was all the lifelong friends I made. We made class fun.”

Graduation Pinning September 2012 - Larissa
West Virginia Junior College graduate, Larissa, at her graduation pinning in September 2012.

After completing her classes and passing the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant exam, Larissa found a full-time position with Charleston Area Medical Center.

“I am a NA/HUC at CAMC in Teays Valley and enjoy it so far,” she said. “I work night shifts, which help out on daycare expenses. The people I work with are awesome and crazy people. We make working fun.”

In the future, Larissa would love to work in pediatrics. She also plans on joining the nursing program through Charleston Area Medical Center to become a registered nurse.

Congratulations to Larissa on all her successful endeavors!

Charleston
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Current Nursing Student Highlight – Lindsay Bible

MORGANTOWN, WV – With over a decade of healthcare experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, it was a West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) Nursing Program radio ad that finally convinced Lindsay Bible to take her first steps in becoming a Registered Nurse(RN).

She said she applied for the nursing program the day she heard the commercial and took the Nursing TEAS Test a month later. The TEAS Test evaluates a potential student’s essential academic skills.

“It was tough, because I had not been in school for awhile,” Lindsay said. “I definitely recommend preparing, purchasing the study book and doing the practice examples. That helped me a lot.”

With her family’s support, particularly her grandmother’s, Lindsay was accepted into the WVJC Nursing Program where in two years from her September 2011 start date, she will have earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and will have been prepared to take the RN Licensing Exam.

At the WVJC, learning begins in a classroom setting where students learn the necessary skills. Those skills are then applied in a lab where students practice on METI-Man a human-patient simulator that gives students a chance to practice their newly-acquired skills in a realistic setting. The lab is followed by clinical where nursing students visit local hospitals for eight hours on Saturday or Sunday.

While Lindsay thought she wanted to work in oncology, watching a live birth during a clinical changed the nursing student’s mind.

“I cried when I saw the first baby being born,” Lindsay said. “For the (patient) to let me experience that was really amazing to me. And the baby was really cute.”

Lindsay said she knew then that she wanted to work in a maternity ward.

“Once we did our maternity clinical, I was hooked,” she added.

Lindsay, a Pittsburgh native who moved to Morgantown five years ago, said the full-time work schedule, plus school and the weekend clinical have created a hectic schedule.

“It’s hard to balance friends, a relationship, school and work,” Lindsay said. “But everyone understands. I try to think positively, because in one year, I’ll be finished.”

She added that the WVJC’s instructors are, “amazing, really supportive and really helpful.”

Even though she spends nearly 12 hours a day in the medical setting, Lindsay still finds time to spend Thursday night watching ABC’s hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy. “She said her favorite character is Christina, although Lindsay said the character nothing like her.

For more information about the WVJC Morgantown’s Nursing Program, visit wvjc.edu or call 304-296-8282.

Morgantown
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/morgantown-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.