CBC nurses educated to meet future demands

Clara Barton has left the building. Today’s nurses are highly-trained, tech-savvy and ready to meet the challenges of the new millennium. Coastal Bend College’s nursing program is as diverse as the patients nurses serve.

CBC has expanded the nursing program to include an associate’s degree and a multi-entry/exit program for career nurses. The MEEP nursing program allows students to enter or exit their studies at several points on the way to earning an associate’s degree in nursing.

“The goal is to transition certified nurses’ assistants very easily into vocational nursing and to get vocational nurses very easily into registered nursing and so on,” Sims explained.

The MEEP plan increases growth opportunities for students. If an incoming student has no experience, she will enter at the first stage and work to become a certified nurses’ assistant. She can opt to exit and go to work as a CNA or continue at CBC to study vocational nursing. If a student comes into the program as a CNA, he can enter the vocational nursing portion of the program. Upon completion and passing the state licensing examination, the student can either enter the workforce or continue at CBC for an associate’s degree without having to repeat courses. When a student earns an associate’s degree in nursing, she can enter the workforce or transfer into a bachelor’s program.

High school students can start early on nursing careers with Certified Nurse Aide Courses that can be taken for dual credit. This program includes basic health skills and clinicals.

“Nurses help a person to function at his current health status and any stage of life whether he is a newborn or a geriatric person,” Sims explained. Registered nurses are decision-makers and planners of patient care, primarily in acute and emergency care. The primary role of the entry level graduate of a vocational nursing program is to provide nursing care in structured healthcare settings for individual clients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes.

CBC’s curriculum for nurse education is delivered in a clinically-intensive program. Instruction covers the five basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children, the elderly and mental health/mental illness.

Entry into the nursing programs at Coastal Bend College requires that all applicants take the Test of Essential Academic Skills. To prepare for the fall 2010 class, students are required to take the test now. Test dates by campus follow:

CBC Alice Campus 704 Coyote Trail Alice, Texas 78332

Janie Resendez (866) 891-2981 Ext. 3031

2009

Nov. 2, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 20, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 6 , 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 9, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 13, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 23, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 30, 4 to 7p.m.

Nov. 16, 4 to 7p.m.

Dec. 4, 8-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 7, 8-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 11, 8-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 14, 4 to 7p.m.

Dec. 18, 8-11:30 a.m.

CBC Kingsville Campus 1814 S. Brahma Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363

Jaime Bowers (866) 262-1615 Ext. 4040

2009

Nov. 3, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 5, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 6, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 10, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 12, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 13, 8-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 17, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 19, 1-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 20, 8-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 1, 1-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 3, 1-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 4, 8-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 8, 1-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 10, 1-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 11, 8-11:30 a.m.

CBC Main Campus 3800 Charco Road Beeville, Texas 78102

Betty Sims (866) 722-2838 Ext. 2544

2009

Nov. 6, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 9, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 9, 5-8:30 p.m.

Nov. 13, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 16, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 20, 9-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 10, 9-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 4, 9-11:30 a.m.

Dec. 11, 9-11:30 a.m.

CBC Pleasanton Campus 1411 Bensdale Road Pleasanton, Texas 78064

Sharon Mayberry (866) 361-4222 Ext. 1232

2009

Nov. 2, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 4, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 7, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 9, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 11, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 13, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 16, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 18, 9 a.m.–noon

Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 14, 9 a.m.–noon

Dec. 16, 9 a.m.–noon

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