From left: Dr. Charles Smith, Dean of Health Sciences (RCC), Dr. Jeannetta Hollins, Assistant Dean of Student Success (VCU), Dr. Tammy E. Williams, Coordinator, RN to BS Program (VCU) speak before a crowd of students at RCC's Warsaw and Glenns campuses via interactive video

VCU School of Nursing Opens Accelerated Path to a Bachelors to RCC

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing (VCU) has partnered with Rappahannock Community College to offer accelerated coursework to registered nurses who are students at the Colleges providing them a faster path to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Students will be enrolled concurrently at VCU and RCC.

“We’re looking forward to offering  RCC [as well as Southside Virginia Community College] nursing students a more efficient path to earn a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, which subsequently will help to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared RNs in Virginia’s health care workforce,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Nursing.  “This is an important educational collaboration for our outstanding nursing students at RCC,” said Charles Smith, PhD, dean of Health Sciences at RCC. “The accelerated approach to the BSN opens doors to many more educational and professional opportunities in a shorter timeframe,” remarked Smith.

From left: Dr. Charles Smith, Dean of Health Sciences (RCC), Dr. Jeannetta Hollins, Assistant Dean of Student Success (VCU), Dr. Tammy E. Williams, Coordinator, RN to BS Program (VCU) speak before a crowd of students at RCC's Warsaw and Glenns campuses via interactive video

From left: Dr. Charles Smith, Dean of Health Sciences (RCC), Dr. Jeannetta Hollins, Assistant Dean of Student Success (VCU), Dr. Tammy E. Williams, Coordinator, RN to BS Program (VCU) speak before a crowd of students at RCC’s Warsaw and Glenns campuses via interactive video. (Photo by Jeff Macharyas)

Enhancing Academic Progression for Nurses

The partnerships are in line with a national push to enhance academic progression for nurses. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be educated at a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher by 2020. Reduction in medication errors, lower mortality rates and positive patient outcomes are linked to nurses being educated at baccalaureate and higher degree levels, according to a recent position statement by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Enrollment will open on May 1 to nursing students at both colleges and classes start in fall 2019. Enrolled students will complete six credits of baccalaureate courses during their last year and subsequently complete the remaining credits online through the VCU School of Nursing.

The agreement with Rappahannock Community College will provide nursing students in eastern Virginia with more extensive educational opportunities, said Ellen Koehler, Associate Degree Nursing Program head at Rappahannock Community College.

“This concurrent enrollment agreement with VCU School of Nursing is an extraordinary opportunity for the students of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region,” Koehler said. “This affords our students the opportunity to enhance their career goals toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a prestigious school that values advancing the profession of nursing.”

About Rappahannock Community College

Rappahannock Community College, established in 1970, serves Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. RCC is home to multiple associate degrees and certificate programs, as well as robust and varied Workforce offerings. RCC has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2015. The College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.

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ONLY A DRILL: Mass Casualty Disaster Response – Thu, April 25 – Glenns Campus

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Thursday, April 25, 2019: RCC’s Nursing Program conducted a Mass Casualty Disaster Recovery Drill on the Glenns Campus.

This event was conducted in coordination with Gloucester County EMS/Fire & Rescue.

The disaster scenario to which the nursing students responded to was a tornado striking the Main Building.

THIS WAS NOT A CAMPUS-WIDE DRILL

This drill was conducted to support specific learning elements of RCC’s top-rated Nursing Program.  Members of RCC’s Incident Command Team participated largely as observers, taking advantage of the drill to stress test the College’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).  Kim Hobert, VCCS Emergency Management Director, was onsite to observe and advise.

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Trinity Bea: United States Military Academy Cadet

Trinity Bea, United States Military Academy Cadet

Trinity Bea, United States Military Academy Cadet

RCC alumna, Trinity Bea, praises Rappahannock Community College’s dual enrollment program and Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School with her acceptance into her top college choice: The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

While Bea was a student at Northumberland High School, she took classes through RCC and the Governor’s School allowing her to earn an AA&S degree at the same time she graduated from high school.

Strive to Be the Best

“My mom worked a few jobs at a time in order to fund degrees for both my sister and myself in back-to-back years. Without her always pushing me to strive for the best, I would definitely not be where I am today. I am proud to say that I am a Rappahannock Community College alumna!” said Bea.

Trinity is a Cadet with Bravo Company, Fourth Regiment.