Nursing mobile lab rolls into Pleasanton

Coastal Bend College nursing mobile sim labCoastal Bend College – Pleasanton Campus will host a public tour of the new nursing mobile simulation lab on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon. The lab will open at 9 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will start at 10 a.m. followed by refreshments.

The gooseneck trailer is outfitted with equipment and simulators so that students can practice emergent scenarios to hone their nursing skills.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, administered through Texas Higher Coordinating Board, made it possible for Coastal Bend College to purchase and equip two mobile labs to be circulated among its campuses in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton. Former District 35 State Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles and U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (District 15) played major roles in ensuring that $500,000 of the state budget was earmarked for the project.

 Betty Sims, director of nursing at the college, said one of the challenges facing rural nursing programs is the diversity and availability of patients with multiple illnesses at the time the student is in the clinical setting. “Nursing students who train in large metropolitan hospitals may see victims of heart attacks on a daily basis, but not CBC students,” Sims explained. “There is just a limit to the number of heart attacks or births in a small hospital on any given day.”

By taking the lab to the students, the nursing department can meet training demands in four cities for the price of one. Students and local healthcare personnel will use the mobile lab for classroom exercises and continuing education, according to Sims.

 There are only a handful of rolling simulation labs around the country using a similar setup for training. Access to a mobile lab reduces the need for hospitals and care centers to either create their own simulation labs or send their employees out of town for training, both costly prospects.

 “This grant will directly and immediately improve healthcare in our region,” Sims explained. “We are grateful for the funds and excited about bringing this project to fruition.”  

For more information, please call (830) 569-4222. The Pleasanton tour and ribbon cutting are open to the public.


Nursing students get ready for a new beginning

Tracy Martinez of Stockton

Vocational nursing student Tracy Martinez is looking forward to the end of her vocational studies and to the beginning of the new registered nursing program at CBC Pleasaonton.

 Tracy Martinez of Stockton, Texas is leaving Coastal Bend College … with plans to come right back. Martinez and 74 of her classmates are taking part in the annual pinning and lighting ceremony on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at CBC Main Campus in Beeville, commemorating the end of their vocational nursing studies.

 Martinez, like many others, plans to return next semester to continue into the next phase of nursing studies leading to becoming a registered nurse. Martinez will be in the first Pleasanton Campus cohort.

 Coastal Bend College offers nursing students several entrances and exits within the nursing program. This multi-entry/exit program creates continuity in educating certified nursing assistants, vocational nurses and registered nurses.

 “The goal is to transition certified nurses’ assistants very easily into vocational nursing and to get LVNs very easily into registered nursing and so on,” said Betty Sims, CBC Director of Nursing. CBC’s curriculum for nurse education is delivered in a clinically-intensive program. Instruction covers the four basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children and the elderly. Classroom instruction is also required in mental health/mental illness concepts.

 Martinez plans to take her licensing test immediately and wants to work at a nursing home. “I want to get into an Alsheimer’s Unit. You don’t know what you are going to get from day to day in that environment,” she explained.

 Her ultimate aim is to become a registered nurse. She will return to Coastal Bend College to achieve that goal. “Registered nursing equals more knowledge and more opportunities,” Martinez said. “That benefits me and my son.”

 Coastal Bend College Vocational Nursing Program will hold its annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road in Beeville. The following vocational nursing graduates are scheduled to participate:

 Alice Campus

Lisa M. Aviar

Noemi Barrera

Ninfa B. Beeson

Oralia O. Cabrera

Veronica M. Cantu

Jose Luis Cardenas

Victoria Ja-Nett Chapa

Shanika D. Escochea

Amanda Garcia

Felicia P. Gonzalez

Sonia L. Gonzalez

Lee Anna M. Gutierrez

James. M. Hernandez

Aubrey B. Hippensteal

Martha Ruth Juarez

Manette M. Mendoza

Heather Y. Pearson

Anna M. Priddy

Rhonda L. Ramos

Melissa Rivera

Anna May B. Rudder

Deliza D. Schumacher

Elizabeth E. Soliz

Ruben Vasquez Jr.

Mary A. Velasco

Jennifer R. Wallgren

Ramon Zuniga

 Beeville Campus

Julie A. Abrigo

Diane L. Aguirre

Leah M. Arciba

Amber M. Carr

Linda L. Carrillo

Lisa M. Castro

Shirley A. DeForest

Adelaida A. Garza

Paulina J. Gibson

Patricia T. Henning

Amy L. Lara

Amanda M. Monjaras

Justin L. Morales

Anna M. Puente

Michelle L. Rico

Heather D. Rodriguez

Sausha M. Salinas

Melissa A. Sanchez

Twanna J. Tamlin

Vanessa Vanover

Lindsey K. Wiginton

 Kingsville Campus

Iris A. Cardoza

Aaron J. DeLeon

Blanca D. Esquivel

Crystal R. Garcia

Britany R. Gibson

Esther Hernandez

Brenda L. Johnson

Alexa J. Leal

Amanda L. Leal

Carla A. Manriques

Laura Montel

Tammie D. Saenz

 Pleasanton Campus

Casey Layne Hilton

Lacey Holick

Heather Johnson

Julia Rae Johnson

Tina Marie Lozano

Tricia Magel

Tracy D. Martinez

Biance Danelle Pickett

Melissa Pettit

Alyssa Reyes

Stephanie Nicole Riojas

Cassandra Allison Rutherford

Claudia E. Scharmann

Angela D. Tovar

Rachel Marilyn Villaneda


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


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


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


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


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