NCC to enhance nursing education through new grant
Nash Community College is among several rural North Carolina community colleges to receive support to advance its nursing education in order to train more healthcare workers for in-demand careers. The grant, awarded to the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation and North Carolina Community College System by The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, will be used at colleges that historically have had fewer healthcare workers and amenities and higher nurse staffing ratios.
With healthcare systems experiencing nursing shortages, the funding will support improved educational experiences and outcomes for healthcare students, expand faculty development, growth and retention in rural community college settings and promote rural healthcare systems by better preparing students to transition into these clinical settings.
Through the grant, a new position will be added at Nash Community College for a success coach to support pre-nursing students, nursing students and allied health students. The coach will provide academic, social and career supports through advising and referral to college and community resources. The success coach will also support program development that directly impacts student, retention, and success.
The grant funds faculty professional development to help prepare nurses to become nurse educators. In addition to NCC, partnering colleges include Vance-Granville,
Isothermal, McDowell Technical, Halifax and Southwestern community colleges.