Dabney S. Lancaster Community College announces four testing sessions for individuals planning to apply to the Practical Nursing program. Days and check-in times are as follows: Saturday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:30 a.m.; and Thursday, Mar. 10, at 3:30 p.m. All testing is offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The testing fee is $20 and spaces are limited.
“Licensed practical nurses play a critical role in the health care system, and continue to be in demand,” stated Penny Fauber, head of the DSLCC PN program. “Qualifications for many health care positions are changing and increasing, but some segments of the population need long-term, community-based chronic care that is appropriate for delivery by practical nurses.”
The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014-15) reported in its “Occupational Outlook Handbook” that employment of practical nurses is expected to grow 25 percent by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Work settings for graduates may include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living, home care, and urgent care centers.
Fauber points out that the learning outcomes in the DSLCC program take into account that relationships in healthcare settings go beyond nurse and patient. Nurses are expected to have positive interactions with families and communities as well as others on their team who provide health care. Fauber concluded that above all, safety is the most important part of quality care, something that is instilled in every student in every course of the program. She points out that while the nursing profession has challenges, few other fields offer the same rewards.
Individuals who wish to apply for the 2016-17 Practical Nursing program should complete all steps in the application process. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-458-3299.