By Katelyn Marshall
Volunteer State Community College will host several nursing information sessions on campus, the first one being set for Thursday, October 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Caudill Hall.
The nursing program is a questions and answer session to go over the requirements for admission into the nursing program, according to Vol State’s event page.
“We provide these sessions to inform potential nursing students [and give them] a review of what is expected of a nursing student and the requirements to apply to the nursing program,” said Dr. Linda Gibson.
Gibson is the Dean of Nursing at Vol State. She has been in nursing education for 30 years and a director of nursing programs for 10. Gibson said that most of her practice in nursing was for the Veterans’ Health Administration Hospital.
Gibson further explained that these nursing information sessions are required in order to apply for the nursing program. “It also provides an opportunity to ask questions about the nursing program.”
She also mentioned that she hopes students learn the requirements for the nursing program and what is to be expected of them time-wise as a student.
According to Gibson, all students who have been successfully admitted to Vol State’s nursing program in the past were those who attended a nursing information session.
Speaking on success, Gibson’s platform quote to the world is, “perseverance is the key to success.”
Vol State’s nursing degree program is a program where interested students can attend classes either on the Gallatin or Livingston campuses, with courses designed to fit with
university programs so students can complete their bachelor’s degree and prepares students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse.
According to a nursing degree flyer from the Public Relations office, the Vol State Nursing Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program will be limited in the number of students accepted, and that acceptance is likely to be quite competitive.
While attending a nursing information session is mandatory, Gibson added that there is no cost to attend and that students only need to attend one session.
Students weighed in on the nursing information sessions and the nursing degree itself at Vol State.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for people to stay local and for people who do want to come back to school to do something, so they can continue their careers,” Ashlyn Hatfield said.
Dayana Johnson added, “I think it’s a great program to have here, but I feel like it’s not broadcasted enough, like, not many people know about it, therefore not a lot of people have used it like they should.”
According to Makayla Crutcher, she thinks that the nursing program at Vol State is a good opportunity for those who just want to stay local and finish a degree with two years. “An A.S.N is good for people that are also older or have kids. It’s a great opportunity.”
For a complete list of dates, locations, and times for other upcoming nursing information sessions at Vol State, visit their website at www.volstate.edu/academics/nursing.com.