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Nursing Students Follow Dreams at New River Community and Technical College

- 3/2/2017
Nursing students follow dreams at New River CTC

 “I always wanted to take care of people,” said Debbie McGeeney. “I had wanted to study nursing 20 years ago, but life happened and I’m doing it now.”

McGeeney is one of nearly 40 students studying practical nursing at New River Community and Technical College. Some students are just beginning their careers, others are advancing in the health care field and some are changing careers, but for many the opportunity to pursue a nursing certificate is a dream come true.

“After high school, I got married and had children. I had thought that I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse, but then one of my babies needed a NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit],” said student Kasey Johnson. “After watching the nurses there, I knew what I wanted to do, and this is my time. From here I plan to continue my education, first as a RN and then as a family nurse practitioner.”

New River CTC’s practical nursing program prepares students for career pathways allowing credits to transfer into more advanced nursing programs. Recent graduates have done well both on the licensure exam and in the job market.

“So far, our 2016 graduates have a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN [National Council Licensure Exam-Practical Nursing] though a few students have not yet attempted the exam,” said Instructor of Practical Nursing Joanna Perry. “And we have a 100% placement rate for our graduates because there’s a high demand for nurses in our area.”

Students studying nursing at New River CTC benefit from faculty with extensive experience and simulation labs that provide hands-on experience outside of the clinical setting.

“The simulation lab gives you a chance to practice skills before performing them on a real patient,” explained student Danielle Davis. “If we make a mistake, Mrs. Perry, Mrs. Kanakanui and Mrs. Snyder can explain what we’ve done wrong without putting an actual patient at risk. We’re very fortunate to have these labs.”

The Certificate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing is offered at the college’s Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver) and can be completed in 11 months.The program is accepting applications for fall through April 14.

For more information, contact Perry (jperry@newriver.edu, 304-883-2429) or Administrative Secretary Tina Bryant at 304-883-2444.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).  www.newriver.edu