Nursing Program News
SVC’s Nursing program has exciting news to share.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) and Southern Vermont College announced their formal affiliation to enhance healthcare education and workforce opportunities for college-bound high school students as well as working professionals interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
SVC received a gift of $100,000 from award-winning IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program.
BSN students worked with MedTrek organizers to create a service-learning opportunity. This project was part of the Community and Public Health Nursing course with instructor Christa Berthiaume. The news was published in the Bennington Banner (February 17, 2018). The MedTrek program provides experiences to high school students who may be interested in healthcare careers. Our students serve as leaders, teachers and mentors to the middle school students.
Junior and Senior Nursing Students Traveled to East Africa to Learn How Culture Plays a Part in Healthcare in a Developing Nation
In January 2018, junior and senior nursing students in the Cross-Cultural Nursing course, taught by Instructor Christa Berthiaume and Assistant Professor Joanne Steele, took their learning to a whole new setting in Tanzania. The students utilized their skills by volunteering in a small hospital in Arusha and learned how nursing care in Tanzania differs from the United States.
The College’s 2017 pre-licensure BSN graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). NCLEX is the national standardized examination required for nurses to receive a license to practice their profession.