WVJC Students Discuss Their Practical Nursing Journey

A practical nurse provides standard emergency and preventative healthcare to patients who are sick, injured, or just need routine health checkups.  They touch the lives of others on a daily basis.

Practical nursing is a career that is not only rewarding but also in high demand.  West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport offers a twelve-month Practical Nursing program to get your dreams and career started.  We offer course work in obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health studies, community nursing, medical-surgical nursing, neonatology, and gerontology.

To obtain state certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you must complete an accredited LPN program, and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN.  At WVJC Bridgeport, we are proud to say that we have a 100% pass on the NCLEX exam for the past four years.

Two of our most recent graduates, Logan Brewer and Melissa Dickenson, were excited to talk about their journey at WVJC.

Logan attended Fairmont State University prior to coming to WVJC.  He said while attending FSU he did not know what career path he wanted to take and felt that led to him not enjoying the college experience.  Logan chose WVJC because he heard it was a good school from his friends and coworkers, a tough school, but worth it.  He worked in Fairmont as a CNA in a nursing home prior to starting WVJC.  He said he chose the LPN field because as a CNA, he loved the nursing field, so he decided he wanted to expand his knowledge to better assist people in need.  When asked about his favorite part about WVJC, he said, “My class. It feels like we’re all a big family.”  His favorite teacher is Mrs. Wilson and his favorite class is Pediatrics.  His idea of a perfect day is a day with no homework and studying. Logan works at Genesis Healthcare. He enjoys his job and all the new experiences. In five years, he would like to see himself as an RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and possibly married with his own house and kids.

Melissa was a stay at home mom for 17 years and did not attend college prior to coming to WVJC. She chose WVJC because she was searching for the next chapter in her life. She called for information, came in for an interview, and knew it was for her. She chose the LPN program because she loves helping others and nurses are highly sought after. When asked about her favorite part of attending WVJC she said, “I love the staff and that they have you working in the field with your clinical experience shortly after you start.” She loves all the teachers and says the classes are challenging but rewarding. Her idea of a perfect day is a day in the mountains or at the beach with no homework!

After graduating, Melissa began working at Bridgeport Health Care Center in Bridgeport.  She loves her new job and learns from her patients daily. In five years, Melissa would like to have job security and a feeling of doing well in the world when there is so much bad happening today