Kingman residents among first grads of new MCC program

July 30th, 2012

What a great feeling it can be when you earn a major accomplishment. These 18 individuals earned their practical nursing degree, most of which had to make significant sacrifices to do so. This is a great example of perseverance and determination. Not only will they benefit by this achievement, but all the patients they will serve in the future will be rewarded as well.

A class of 18 nurses graduated from Mohave Community College Thursday, making them the first practical nurse graduates to complete the new one-year program.

“No words to describe this feeling,” said April Epps, a Lake Havasu City resident who traveled to Kingman for one year to complete the program. “It’s taken years for me to get here.

“Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a nurse. I love to take care of people.”

Ten of the 18 students were from Kingman. The practical nursing pinning ceremony was held at the Lee Williams High School auditorium.

The program underwent a revival and upgrade starting in 2008 after the late Dr. John Lingenfelter saw a need for more licensed practical nurses in the Kingman community.

After speaking with MCC President Michael Kearns, the Lingenfelter family donated land for the college’s foundation to build the Detroit Avenue Center, which houses the program.

The Arizona State Board of Nursing approved the program in May 2011 and Thursday’s honorees began their classes nearly one year ago.

The new program offers two simulation laboratories to bring real-life experiences to students.

MCC’S original founding vision in 1971 included providing a nursing program to the Tri-City region. For nearly 10 years, the only nursing graduates were LPNs.

In 1980, students started entering the college’s new registered nursing (RN) program in Kingman. After one year, students could opt to take their practical nursing test for licensing or finish a second year of coursework to earn their RN associate’s degree.

Another accomplishment for a long standing LPN program that continues to expand and serve their local community.  You can read the full article here.

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Sometimes we give back what we get

July 28th, 2012

Here’s a story about a young college girl who was dealt a hand we don’t wish on anyone.  She took the misfortune of a terrible diagnosis and turned it into a positive by continuing her education in an area she never imagined to help others once she found out about her long up hill battle forthcoming with Acute promyelocytic leukemia.  Anyone who is remotely considering going into nursing or has aspirations of getting into an accelerated nursing program should read the story below and think not only about yourself, but others as well.

When she was home from college on break, Janelle Romandetto insisted she was fine. Okay, maybe a little tired, but she had just finished her first round of final exams at Rutgers, so who wouldn’t be tired? But her mother, as many mothers do, noticed something and was worried.

“She was yawning a lot — Janelle never yawned,” says Gina. “I knew something was wrong.’’

Janelle’s mother was right.

It was cancer.

Acute promyelocytic leukemia, a disease that, as recently as the 1970s, had a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent, according to Peri Kamalakar, chief of pediatric oncology and hematology at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and Valerie Fund director for Barnabas Health. He is Janelle’s doctor.

Life changer? Sure. But not in any expected way. In a few weeks, Romandetto is scheduled to complete an accelerated nursing course she entered after earning her bachelor’s degree at Rutgers in communications and psychology. Four years after learning she had a potentially fatal disease, the young Fairfield woman will begin a career taking care of people who, like her, face devastating illness.

“I want to be an oncology nurse, if I can,’’ she says. “After being in the hospital and seeing all the good the doctors and nurses did for me, I wanted to do that, too.’’

This was not easy. Janelle, now 23, had to begin taking science courses she never expected to take as a student studying communications and psychology. Then she had to complete a grueling clinical session . All this, while enduring chemotherapy, recovering from cancer.

“I wanted to be a nurse as soon as possible,’’ she says.

Maybe the way Janelle reacted to her illness shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. In high school, she was a top student who also was active in sports — soccer, lacrosse, track. She continued to do well while at Rutgers.

“She was always tough, always active,’’ says Anthony Romandetto, her father, a Belleville police officer. “That’s what made the idea of cancer so difficult to take.’’

After she was diagnosed, Janelle had to spend two months — most of the second semester of her first year at Rutgers — at Beth Israel. The chemotherapy was difficult. Like many patients, she lost her hair — she had cut most of it off to donate to other cancer patients after she learned she was sick — and she lost her immunity to infections. Her treatments included the use of arsenic, storied as a poison but now, says Kamalakar, a life-saver for patients like Janelle.

But, despite the chemo, the threat of infections, the young woman couldn’t stay inactive.

Patti Sapone/The Star-LedgerJanelle Romandetto, former cancer patient at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s children hospital with her parents, Gina Romandetto , left, and Anthony Romandetto, right.

“I would wander the hallways, wearing my mask, dragging my IV behind me. I only got into bed when I was really feeling sick,’’ she says. Janelle persuaded the hospital to install a stationary bike in her room so she could exercise.

In her wanderings around the floor of her hospital, Janelle had plenty of time to watch how the nurses worked, how they felt, who they were. She gave some thought to becoming – Read the rest of the article here:

Sometimes life throws many curve balls at us.  What we decide to do with the pitch, tell all.

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Can Nursing Students Get Scholorships?

July 27th, 2012

You bet they can.  There are certain fields of study where money is readily available and nursing is one of them.  Whether your intention is to study to become an RN, LPN, LVN or other specialty, you should be aware of the opportunities before you.  Here is an example of a simple $100,000 grant that will go directly to educate nursing candidates and in turn benefit the community they practice and the patients they serve.  Read more here:

MidAmerica Nazarene University School of Nursing and Health Science announced today that, for the fourth year in a row, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). MNU will receive $100,000 to support students in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program who are considered underrepresented in the field of nursing.

The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

At MNU, 10 scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to students entering the accelerated nursing program in January 2013. With the addition of this grant, the NCIN program will have supported 35 students in four years at MNU, and will continue to develop culturally competent health professionals and future leaders of the profession.

According to Gwen Wagner, assistant professor of nursing and NCIN coordinator, the grant has had a positive impact on MNU’s programming in addition to financial support provided to individual students.

“With the support and tools provided by RWJF, we have developed a mentoring program for our scholars drawing upon the expertise of nursing professionals in our MSN program,” Wagner said. “In addition, a leadership program has been developed for the NCIN program, in which all our accelerated students can participate. An annual summit and regular webinars provide opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas with other accelerated nursing programs across the nation.”

The MNU School of Nursing and Health Science joins 54 other schools of nursing receiving this year’s funding. Additionally, the university’s ABSN program is one of only eight in the nation to have received four consecutive rounds of funding for the NCIN Scholarship Program.

About RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook

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The Ultimate Reward When Caring For Children

July 26th, 2012

The ultimate reward any Pediatric Nurse can receive is praise from the parents who realize the steller care that was provided to their children.  As a result, these type of accolades can lead to national regognition.  If this isn’t a good enough reason to pursue a career in nursing as a specialist, LPN, LVN or Registred Nurse, then what is?  Read the full piece here.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Mary Jean Soriano of White Plains received a DAISY Award for her quality patient care as a registered nurse and certified pediatric nurse at Blythedale Children’s Hospital.

Soriano, who works on the Pediatric and Adolescent Unit, was nominated for the national award by the mothers of two patients who praised her bedside manner and dedication to her patients and their families.

“Jean goes out of her way for all her patients,” one patient’s mother wrote in the award nomination form. “She gives them all lots of attention and great care.”

Another patient’s mother wrote: “Jean is a role model for all nurses. She has the utmost respect for both patient and parent. I am mostly here living at my son’s bedside, but if I’m leaving, having Jean as his nurse is a comfort. She has a positive, friendly, loving way for all who come in her path.”

Soriano has been a nurse in the Philippines and Vienna, Austria. She joined Blythedale’s Nursing Department in 1989.

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America Needs Skilled Workers

July 25th, 2012

All across America there is a shortage of skilled workers in many areas.  Once in particular is nursing.  This includes all aspects of the field from Licensed Practical Nurses or LPN’s to specialize areas like pediatric nursing.  The article below is a perfect example of the contagion that is spreading across the country.  Read the full story Here.



“Moving furniture does not have a direct impact on patient care,” said Smith, who started his training in 2008. “I wanted a career, earning a larger salary and making a more significant difference.”

Even with almost 13 million Americans looking for work and 8 million more settling for part-time jobs, almost half the 1,361 U.S. employers surveyed in January by ManpowerGroup say they can’t find workers to fill positions. At the same time, American employers are less likely than their counterparts overseas to invest in training, the Milwaukee-based staffing company reported last month.

Companies have reported more than 3 million job openings every month since February 2011, according to the Department of Labor.

To narrow the skills gap, employers are teaming up with philanthropies, governments and community colleges to develop a ready resource: their existing workforce. The practice, known as upskilling, builds on the “up from the mailroom” idea, the management philosophy that the best person for a job could be one a company already has.

Hospitals Lead

Hospitals, which experienced a nursing shortage more than a decade ago, in particular are turning to their own staff to cultivate technicians and nurses, said Fred Dedrick, executive director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The Boston-based nonprofit organization partners with companies and governments to set up regional training cooperatives.

Children’s Hospital is part of one such group, a three- state effort called Partners for a Competitive Workforce. The consortium’s five health-care members have identified the skills they need and joined forces to design training programs.


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Programs To Earn A Practical Nursing Certificates Can Be Flexible

July 22nd, 2012

There are various options for those who wish to pursue a certificate in practical nursing on their way to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN or LVN.  Some schools offer night and weekend programs to assist those who have to maintain full time jobs while maintaining the desire to further their education and career advancement.

For example, Otero Junior College has one such program that you can read more about below.  Their practical nursing program has been in existence since 2004 and has been very successful, gaining positive reviews from many students and graduates of the program.

This programs can satisfy the prerequisites for nursing and help to further the careers of aspiring Licensed Practical Nurse candidates as well as LVN or Licensed Vocational Nurses as their known in various states.

Otero Junior College will award 17 certificates of Practical Nursing in ceremonies on Saturday, July 21. To honor the accomplishment, students will participate in a traditional nurse pinning ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre, located in the Humanities Center on the OJC campus. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the lobby of the Life Science Hall. Keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Diane McElroy, RN MSN nursing faculty member at OJC.

Students completing the Practical Nursing certificate program are enrolled in a unique program that allows them more flexibility with their schedules. They are the 8th group of students to complete the Non-Traditional Evening and Weekend (NEW) Practical Nurse certificate program since it began in 2004.

Otero Junior College developed this innovative night and weekend nursing program in 2004 to help with the nursing shortage by offering classes outside of a traditional daytime schedule. The first program offered night and weekend courses for practical nursing, the first level of nursing. The college added the second level program (RN) the next year.
Touted as one of the most innovative programs in the state of Colorado, the program provides an educational opportunity to students who cannot attend college full-time.


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LPN Programs In Palm Beach Florida

July 20th, 2012

This is a great place to learn the particulars of what is involved in a nursing degree allowing you to become an RN or LPN.  Anyone interested should take the time to learn what a rewarding career it can be and what’s involved in an LPN Salary and RN Salary where you can make more money than you may think.

This is your Gateway to current information about the course of study leading to the title of Registered Nurse (RN). The four semester Nursing Program at Palm Beach State College (Palm Beach State) confers an Associate of Science Degree on successful graduates, upon completion of required criteria. It is offered as a Full-time or Weekend/Evening course of study to individuals who have received confirmation of their acceptance into this limited access program.

Applicants seeking careers in the healthcare field often begin by completion of a one year Occupational Health Program at the practical nursing (LPN) or paramedic level and then advance to the RN level. These are not mandatory but optional pathways to a successful nursing career. Palm Beach State offers an opportunity for advanced placement to transition students meeting set criteria. Please contact the Nursing Program Specialist through the Nursing Office for more information about the transition requirements.

While not everyone has the opportunity to go to school in Palm Beach, check out some of the benefits here:

The good news is that recently the county commissioners voted to keep tuition at the same level for an additional two years.  Here is a short video clip about this very topic.

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Practical Nursing Has Options

June 20th, 2012

Studying to become a practical nurse such as an LPN or LVN can open up a wide variety of options in career development and enhancement.  Some of the many options include  working in the hospital setting, ambulatory care, long term care facilities and many other care giving establishments.

The Practical Nursing Program also known as LPN offers preparation in the knowledge and clinical skills for students to enter the nursing field as an LPN. Students in the Practical Nursing program are well-trained to take the NCLEX-PN examination required for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Class experiences include theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric nursing and respective clinical rotations in both acute and long-term care situations.

Cambridge is an accredited medical education Institution where the student comes first. Our nursing skills lab is equipped with cutting edge training technology, including robotic obstetrical and gynecological simulation training, and other human simulators that provide the advanced preparation necessary for working in a clinical setting.

The Practical Nursing program is offered on campus as well as online! Our faculty which is comprised of Nurse educators provide the theoretical, and practical training necessary to develop acumen in clinical needs, prioritization and critical thinking skills that are the keys to success in nursing practice.

Employers are seeking certified college graduates to staff their medical and healthcare facilities. You can be a part of a growing tradition of health care professionals who are advancing their lifestyles and their futures through training at Cambridge.


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Chamberlain College of Nursing Programs

November 26th, 2011

Chamberlain College of Nursing has a specific program to address the desire of an LPN to work toward a program that gives them the education requirements to become an RN or Registered Nurse.  Not only does this provide a better understanding of heath care and treatment related items, but also provides better wages where an RN Salary can be significantly more than an LPN Salary.  This education also pertains to an LVN as it’s known in certain parts of the country.  Chamberlain provides both online and on campus programs.

You can learn much more and exactly what to expect by reading the information below and visiting their site.

Chamberlain’s accredited online and on-site LPN to RN bridge program is a degree completion program designed for qualified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing and become Registered Nurses (RNs). This program can be completed online or on-site at Chamberlain’s Columbus, Ohio campus and is currently available to Ohio residents only.

LPN to RN Bridge students are awarded up to 10 credit hours (3 in general education and 7 in nursing) toward the Associate Degree in Nursing. These hours are awarded through the Chamberlain College Articulation Plan (CCAP) and represent credit for knowledge gained in previous practical nurse education programs. Content for awarded credit includes theory and experience in basic maternal/newborn nursing, nursing of children, nursing of adults and geriatric clients, and mental health nursing as well as developmental psychology. To receive this transfer credit the LPN student must successfully pass a validation test of adult health content. This test is administered as part of the course requirement for NR 225 – Transitions in Professional Nursing.

There are obviously admission requirements equal to prerequisites for nursing and other professions alike.  These can be found here:

Prospective students must complete an application and interview with a Chamberlain admission representative. When all admission requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their admission status to a specific Chamberlain program and location. Registration and orientation schedules are arranged by each location or online program.

LPN to RN Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum high school cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.75 or a minimum college CGPA of 2.75. The college CPGA must include 24 or more credit hours, excluding developmental courses, from an accredited institution. CGPA achieved in the last five years may take precedence over a prior CGPA. Failure to disclose attendance at other colleges is grounds for denial of admission or for dismissal.
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 21, minimum SAT critical reading and mathematics reasoning (CR-M) score of 990, or a minimum A2 Admission Assessment score of 75.
  • All applicants for pre-licensure programs are required to complete the A2 Admissions Assessment test prior to admission. A student may retake the A2 Admission Assessment test only once after a three-day waiting period and within 30 days of submitting the Application for Admission at no charge. (A retesting fee will be charged, or will apply, after 30 days from application.)

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, the applicant to the LPN to RN Bridge option must provide evidence of:

Current, active LPN or LVN license from the U.S. or from a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

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Nursing Education Goes Global

November 22nd, 2011

Public health education continues to change with the times.  Various colleges and universities are implementing programs to train health care professionals for specialties as well as prerequisites for nursing programs.

Nursing students have a wide variety of options that keep getting better and better with time and experience.  Check out the latest from the University of Miami school and nursing  and health studies.

Recently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the major will help students understand disease prevention and the general wellness of world populations. They will also study biological, environmental, psychological and other factors that affect human health.

SONHS Dean Nilda Peragallo worked with Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas LeBlanc to develop the program in time for the fall 2012 semester.

“The new degree will open a world of new possibilities for our students to get hands-on experience to explore issues affecting public health in not only the United States, but also globally,” Peragallo said in a press release. “There is a skyrocketing demand for a well-trained public health workforce to tackle the 21st century’s most pressing health concerns, such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, terrorism and reemerging infectious diseases.”

The degree is normally completed at the graduate level, and allows aspiring nurses to enhance their clinical and research skills to face global health concerns.

The opportunities the degree provides will also lead to a variety of career options and goals.

“The Public Health degree will provide these individuals the opportunity to obtain careers in health education, prevention, health promotion and global health,” said Rosemary Hall, an associate professor at the SONHS.

Complementing a standard nursing track, the new major includes specific courses in epidemiology, communicable disease and health promotion and prevention.

One particular course, however, offers a unique perspective on public health. The class  on field experience in community health will allow students to learn about servicing local and global communities, and foster UM’s mission of service.

With these benefits, students like sophomore Susana Guerrero find the BSPH to be an important asset for any nursing student.

The benefits of getting quality education from some of our best institutions is endless.  Our nurses, LPN’s, and Nurse Practitioners deserve the best available education possible.

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