Nursing Students at CBC Alice receive Christus Spohn Auxiliary Scholarships

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

Photo Cutline: Those in attendance for the Christus Spohn Auxiliary Scholarship presentation include (from left): Christus Spohn Auxiliary Treasurer Pam Taylor; CBC Registered Nursing (RN) Instructor Daniella Medellin; Christus Spohn Auxiliary President Imelda Gonzalez; CBC student Liana Rivera; Christus Spohn Auxiliary Secretary Estella Garcia; and CBC RN Instructor Audrey Lorberau. (Not pictured: Christina Garcia)

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Alice site is excited to announce two Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) students received a scholarship from the Christus Spohn Auxiliary. The scholarships were awarded to Liana Rivera and Christina Garcia. Both students will have the opportunity to utilize the scholarship to cover the cost of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The NCLEX is an examination that CBC LVN graduates must take after the successful completion of the nursing program. This examination is utilized to determine whether a candidate is prepared for entry into the nursing profession. For more information about the nursing programs offered in Alice, please contact CBC Interim Vocational Nursing Director Loana Hernandez at (361) 664-2981 ext. 3037 or via email at lhernandez@coastalbend.edu.

CBC’s Nursing Program announces TEAS testing dates

By: Sera F. Quiroga, Communications Staff Writer

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Sub headline: Deadline for TEAS Exam Quickly Approaching 

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a licensed vocational nursing (LVN) degree and/or a registered nursing (RN) degree at Coastal Bend College (CBC) must take the required Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before they are considered for either program.

The TEAS exam is a multiple-choice assessment compiled of objectives that nursing and allied health educators utilize to gauge a student’s academic preparedness. Each examination is comprised of various subjects including reading, math, science, English and language usage.

CBC’s Beeville, Alice, Pleasanton and Kingsville locations will administer the TEAS exam on an appointment basis. Appointment times are available beginning Tuesday, January 24 and ending Friday, February 10. In order to reserve a seat on exam day, students will need to contact their respective CBC location via email or phone and provide their name, phone number, email address and the date that they would like to take the exam.

On exam day, students should make arrangements to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled exam time. Students will also need a picture ID as well as a debit, credit or pre-paid card to pay the $55 exam fee. In addition, a student has the opportunity to take the TEAS exam three times, but the student must pay each time.

Additional information about the TEAS exam is available by visiting www.coastalbend.edu/nursing. Students who would like to schedule an appointment should contact one of the following CBC Nursing program representatives:

CBC Beeville, Mona Krishan

Phone: (361) 354-2768

Email: mkrishan@coastalbend.edu

CBC Alice, Lucy Morales

Phone: (361) 664-2981 ext. 3031

Email: mkrishan@coastalbend.edu

CBC Kingsville, Jamie Bowers

Phone: (361) 592-1615 ext. 4095

Email: jbowers@coastalbend.edu

CBC Pleasanton, Liz Myers

Phone: (830) 569-4222 ext. 1208

Email: emyers2@coastalbend.edu

CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

Headline: CBC Registered Nursing graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Registered Nursing (RN) program recently hosted a pinning and candle lighting ceremony for graduates who successfully completed the program. Family, friends, and members of the community joined 14 graduates at the CBC Beeville campus for the annual ceremony.

The annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony is an annual ceremony that celebrates the success of the College’s RN graduates and symbolizes a rite of passage into the registered nursing profession. During the ceremony, each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin serves as a reminder to assist those who are injured, sick or dying. The lamp that each graduate receives symbolizes a student’s intention to carry out Florence Nightingale’s, the founder of modern day nursing, dedication and compassion for the nursing profession forward. Each graduates lamp was lit as they recited the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge.

Students who were honored at the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony include:

Lee Courtney

Andrea Garcia

Cody N. Garcia

Leila Gonzalez

Rebecca Heinaman

Patricia Isom

Peggy S. Kee

Amanda M. Perez

Felicita Ramirez

Angela Marie Romero

Janette Isabel Ruiz

Melissa Salaiz

Crystal Ann Schultz

Jessica Nicole Webb

For more information about CBC’s Nursing program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.

CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton

Headline: CBC Foundation awarded $5,000 for CNA Program in Pleasanton

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Photo Cutline: Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) President and CEO Cody Knowlton, center, presents a $5,000 grant to CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks, left, and CBC Foundation Board of Director Douglas Best, right. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for CNA students at CBC Pleasanton.

PLEASANTON, TX—The Coastal Bend College Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA). The grant will provide scholarships and support to students enrolled in the certified nursing assistant (CNA) program at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“CBC’s CNA program is a wonderful way for people to get their careers started in the health care profession,” said CBC Dean of Workforce and Pleasanton Site Director Julia Garcia

Scholarships will be awarded to students whose permanent residence is in the BHFSA eight county service area and whose intent, following certification, is to remain and seek employment in the BHFSA’s eight county service area.

The Coastal Bend College Foundation applied for the grant in response to the expected population growth and health provider shortage area status for Atascosa County.

CBC Foundation Development and Program Manager Elizabeth Wilbanks stated that the Foundation applied for the grant in response to the high demand in the Atascosa County region for quality healthcare professionals.

“Hopefully this opportunity will encourage more students to enroll who otherwise would not be able to afford the program. It’s an honor for the CBC Foundation to play a role in helping educate the next generation of nurses,” Wilbanks said.

CBC’s CNA program in Pleasanton is about a semester long and accepts 15 students per cohort. Students interested in more information can contact Cora Sain, allied health administrative support specialist, at (361) 354-2732 or via email at csain@coastalbend.edu.

For more information about the CNA program scholarships, contact the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at ewilbanks@coastalbend.edu.

About the Baptist Health Foundation:

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio was incorporated in 2004 to distribute grants annually to not-for-profit organizations which provide healthcare services and healthcare education throughout Bexar County and contiguous counties in South Texas.

CBC RN graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

Headline: CBC RN graduates honored at annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony

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 On Tuesday, August 16, the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Department of Nursing Education hosted a pinning and candle lighting ceremony for the College’s professional/registered nursing (RN) graduates. Family, friends, and members of the community joined 14 graduates at the CBC Beeville campus inside of the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium for the ceremony.

The annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony is a special event that celebrates the success of the College’s registered nursing students. During the ceremony, each student received a pin and a small lamp. This ceremony symbolizes a rite of passage into the registered nursing profession.

The lamp that each nursing graduate receives symbolizes a student’s intention to carry out Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Pledge to be a caring and compassionate nurse. CBC’s nursing instructors light each student’s lamp and together they recite the Florence Nightingale Nursing Pledge.

Students who were honored at the annual pinning and candle lighting ceremony include:

Lee Courtney

Andrea Garcia

Cody N. Garcia

Leila Gonzalez Garcia

Rebecca Heinaman

Patricia Isom

Peggy S. Kee

Amanda Perez

Felicita Ramirez

Angela Marie Romero

Janette Isabel Ruiz

Melissa Salaiz

Crystal Ann Schultz

Jessica Nicole Webb

For more information about CBC’s Nursing program offerings, please contact CBC’s Nursing Department at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Additional information is also available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at Facebook.com/coastalbendcollege