If you have a passion for helping people, you might want to explore a nursing career. Nurses are often described as the backbone of healthcare systems; they play a critical role within the system by being the first point of contact for patients, support doctors in developing treatment plans and strategies, and help improve the general quality of a hospital in general.
If you’re looking to build yourself a purpose-driven career, there’s no better place to do so than at Bluefield College. Located amid the scenic Appalachian Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, becoming a nursing student at this inclusive liberal arts college entails learning within a climate of diverse Christian tradition that cares for its students. Bluefield College is known for its classroom technology, affordability, personalised instruction and learning settings.
Learning here entails taking faith in Christ and integrating it into everything students learn and do. Above all, Bluefield College is a community where students support each other as they strive to reach their potential and accomplish new goals. “At Bluefield College, your experience is not just about college. It’s about exploring and finding your passion at a place where you can know and be known,” says President Dr. David Olive.
Nursing programmes that mold career-ready professional nurses
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Bluefield College boasts over 40 academic offerings, including business, forensic science, graphic communication, criminal justice, teacher education and Christian studies. Its online courses include degrees in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Management and Leadership, and RN-BSN Nursing.
Bluefield College’s School of Nursing recently launched the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programme that includes real-world experience in healthcare settings through practicums that reflect the academic work. This four-year nursing programme provides students with the essential clinical skills and experience they need to become a professional nurse. Students will have the scope to provide care in multiple settings and gain invaluable skills in clinical decision-making, client care, communication, cultural competence and research.
Working across many different communities, registered nurses are in high demand across diverse roles in the vital global healthcare industry. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-26 employment projections, registered nurses are listed among the top occupations for job growth. The role is projected to grow by more than 438,000 jobs over that 10-year period.
“Nursing is a life-long rewarding career that can be full of exciting and meaningful experiences,” says Dr. Jessica Sharp, professor and dean of the Bluefield College School of Nursing. “A career where you make a difference in the lives of those you encounter and care for.”
To take it up a notch and provide the best practical experience for students, Bluefield College joined the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) family of schools early this year. This partnership grants the college access to the VCOM network of hospitals and partners and students will have access to VCOM facilities and medical mission trip opportunities.
“In order for us to expand in healthcare, it is important to have partners like Bluefield College who we already partner with our Master’s of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (MABS) degree programme,” says John Rocovich, VCOM board of directors chairman-treasurer-foundation chair. “We are looking forward to developing many more programmes to create opportunities and serve the people in the area.”
VCOM was founded by Rocovich alongside his wife, Dr. Sue Ellen Rocovich, with one mission: to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health.
“Our four-year seated nursing programme has been a strategic initiative planned for over the past five years,” notes Dr. Marshall Flowers, vice president for academic affairs at Bluefield College. “With the completion of the new School of Nursing classrooms and simulation labs, the nursing programme is ready to serve cohorts of nursing students and meet the growing need for nurses across the Appalachian region.”
Working with a range of healthcare professionals, nurses are involved in the care of individuals, families and communities. They use their clinical judgement to advocate and promote safe healthcare environments. Upon graduation, some of the career opportunities available to graduates include Public Health Nurse, Case Management Nurse, Clinical Research Nurse and Forensic Nurse Consultant, among others.
For students who need financial aid, Bluefield College is offering a US$4,000 scholarship — US$1,000 per year for four years, in addition to other financial aid and institutional aid — to the first 25 accepted students. To find out more, click here. To apply, click here.