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NHC Bristol Gives More than $6,000 to VHCC Nursing Programs

Post Date:11/22/2019 12:00 PM
NHC Bristol News Abingdon, VA – NHC HealthCare Bristol donated $6,519.99 to Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) for new equipment for nursing-related career paths. The donation and investment in new equipment reflects a collaboration NHC and VHCC have developed to ensure that the communities of southwest Virginia are served by well-trained nurses and nurse aides.

Deborah Clarkston, VHCC’s interim coordinator of the Virginia Appalachian Tri-College Nursing Program, said NHC’s contribution enables top-quality training opportunities for nursing students.

“NHC reached out last spring indicating interest in supporting Virginia Highlands’ nursing programs,” Clarkston said. “NHC has already graciously provided learning opportunities for students by allowing them to gain clinical experience at their facility. The new equipment funded by NHC will enhance the laboratory experience of students. This will help Virginia Highlands Community College do an even better job of preparing future RNs, LPNs, and CNAs.”
NHC described the contribution as an indication of ongoing commitment to high-quality education in VHCC’s nursing programs. The donation was funded through NHC’s Foundation for Geriatric Education (TFGE). TFGE was founded in 1982 by Dr. Carl Adams. TFGE is committed to funding education for healthcare professionals specializing in geriatrics. 

“We value our long-term relationship with Virginia Highlands Community College, and it is our pleasure to support their efforts to provide quality education for future healthcare providers in our community,” NHC representatives Michelle Foran, RN, DON, and Joan Stephens, administrator, said in a statement.

VHCC offers short-term nurse aid training that prepares students to become a certified nurse assistant (CAN). The one-year Practical Nursing Program prepares students to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). 

Additionally, VHCC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing as a conventional two-year track, a one-year LPN to RN transition program, and two evening and weekend programs. The Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree provides all training and experience necessary for students to become registered nurses (RN), including clinical externships.

About Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College is one of the 23 comprehensive community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. VHCC has become a dynamic leader in Southwest Virginia with a primary goal of providing comprehensive and quality education and related services for residents throughout its region. We proudly serve the residents of Bristol Virginia, Washington County and the Western Part of Smyth County. The College is committed to teaching, learning & community building, and serves more than 2500 students, offering more than 80 academic areas of study.
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