TNCC Launches New 2-Month Nurse Aide Program in Williamsburg

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This month, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will begin a new program to benefit Peninsula jobseekers and employers in the medical field. TNCC, already an experienced accelerated healthcare training provider, has added a 2-month nurse aide program to its Workforce Development fast track classes in Williamsburg. The first class starts Tuesday, January 25, and other classes will be scheduled as needed.

The new program addresses the needs of Peninsula businesses now facing a growing nurse aide shortage in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. “Our first class begins with ten students, but one local employer recommended that we double that to twenty as soon as feasible because of the shortage of nursing aides in the region,” says Carmen Burrows, Associate Vice President for Workforce Development at TNCC.

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Nursing Scholarship Program Now Accepting Application

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The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting student applications for the Nursing Scholarship Program for next year. Go to http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/ for additional information.

The Nursing Scholarship pays tuition, fees, other education costs and a living stipend to students in accredited RN training programs. In exchange, upon graduation, scholars work for at least 2 years at a facility, such as a health center, rural health clinic, nursing home or hospital, that has a critical shortage of nurses.

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TNCC’s Nursing Program to Triple in Size at Historic Triangle Campus

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will triple the size of its Nursing program at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg during the spring 2010 semester. The College will welcome 30 students into the program normally limited to 10 new students. The increased admission is attributed to the larger facilities at the College’s newest campus. Opened in July, the Historic Triangle campus is a 120,000 square-foot facility that sits on more than 74 acres of land next to Warhill High School at 4601 Opportunity Way in Williamsburg.

“The classrooms are state-of-the-art with Smartboards and high-tech sound. The Nursing lab is very spacious with a large nurse’s station, seven complete hospital beds with mannequins and examination equipment, computer stations, and a simulation mannequin,” said Associate Professor of Nursing Pam Biernacki.

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TNCC Launches New Clinical Medical Assistant Program in Williamsburg

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Williamsburg, VA – Williamsburg residents now have convenient training close to home. For the first time, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in partnership with Boston Reed College will offer a one-day-a-week, fast paced Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training program at the new Discovery Center for Economic and Workforce Development in Williamsburg. Classes for this affordable, six-month program are offered only on Saturdays, making it ideal for busy adults seeking a quick entry into the health care industry. The program begins July 25, 2009 and ends on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

“We want to provide accelerated short-term training opportunities for people living in the Historic Triangle area,” said Dr. Denise Seigfeldt, TNCC Director of Continuing and Professional Education. “With the current economic downturn and layoffs, people are looking for fast career training that will lead to good-paying jobs. This program meets their needs,” adds Siegfeldt. The program offers a hands-on externship for all participants, and education loans are available.

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Eight TNCC Students Honored During Nurse Pinning Ceremony

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Eight Thomas Nelson Community College Nursing students were acknowledged during a Pinning Ceremony earlier this month in Williamsburg. The students completed an Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Nursing at the College’s Historic Triangle campus.

A symbolic, but meaningful event, the Pinning Ceremony marked a new facet in the personal and professional lives of the graduating Nursing students, said Mary K. Howard, Nursing Program chair.

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Pinning Ceremony Scheduled for TNCC First Nursing Class to Complete Program at Historic Triangle

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Eight Thomas Nelson Community College students, the first completers of an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Program from the College’s Historic Triangle campus, will be acknowledged in a Pinning Ceremony Saturday, December 15. Family and friends of the graduating students are invited to attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony at the Espada Conference Room on the College’s Hampton campus.

A symbolic, but meaningful event, the Pinning Ceremony marks a new facet in the personal and professional lives of the graduating Nursing students, said Mary K. Howard, chair of the Nursing Department. The ceremony also symbolizes the students’ commitment to the profession. During the ceremony, the nurses will recite the Nightingale Pledge, named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as they promise to practice their profession faithfully, aid the physicians in their work, and devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care.

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