SVCC Nursing Q&A
Monthly Zoom with Health Sciences Counselor
2nd Thursday each month, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Registration Required - REGISTER
(These are optional sessions to answer your questions. These are NOT the Mandatory Nursing Information Session required prior to applying to either nursing program. To find that session, click either ADN or PN program in menu, scroll to Information Sessions tab.)
Why would someone choose to be a nurse?
To begin with, it's a rewarding profession that requires only two and a half years of full-time training. It pays well. There is a wide variety of fields you can specialize in. And the act of helping others on the job makes nurses feel good about their career choice. Sound too good to be true? It's not! That's why more and more people like you are turning to nursing for a career.
To learn more about whether nursing might be for you, call toll free: 1-888-220-SVCC (7822) for more information.
Unlimited Employment Opportunities
Did you know that we're in the middle of a critical nursing shortage? In fact it has become a national crisis. Hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics and other health organizations are desperate for qualified nurses to fill vacant or new positions. This means that if you're a nurse, there will always be employers looking for your services, and layoffs are almost unheard of. Whether you stay in Southside Virginia, or have to relocate somewhere else in the world, you'll be assured of finding work as a nurse.
There are few professions as rewarding as nursing. No matter what area of nursing you choose to specialize in, your day-to-day work will have a lasting impact on the health and well being of countless people in your community. The rewarding feeling this provides is what most nurses say is the biggest benefit of their job.
Nurses earn competitive salaries compared to other career choices. And with many options for overtime and flexible work schedules, nurses have the ability to earn an even higher salary right out of school.
As we are all aware, many companies downsize or go out of business when the economy takes a turn for the worse. This is much less likely to happen in the nursing profession. Unfortunately, there will always be sick and injured people needing your care. And though your place of employment may have to tighten its belt a bit during hard times, they are still going to need you and your nursing skills to get them through the tough times, as well as the good ones.
Don't want to work 9 to 5? Or perhaps you have a family that you have to be home for at certain times. Nursing offers one of the most flexible schedules of any profession, and is often a welcome solution to childcare issues. Want to work business hours? Choose from any number of doctors' offices or clinics that are open 9-5. Want something with shift work? Try a hospital, where nurses are needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And some nurses work weekend hours only.
Variety of Career Choices
Nursing provides a greater number of specialty options and career paths than most professions. Are you a people person? Then you may be interested in working directly with patients and their families in a hospital or private practice setting. Do you like working with children? Perhaps a career in pediatrics would be right for you. Is a desk job more appealing? Many nurses work at insurance companies, processing and evaluating claims. And of course nurses also work in operating rooms, emergency rooms, provide home health care, teach, and so much more. The choices are almost limitless.
- Program Accreditation
SVCC Nursing Programs Approval/Accreditation Status
Virginia Board of Nursing
Our Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program and our Certificate in Practical Nursing program are both approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Virginia Board of Nursing Website
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program at Southside Virginia Community College at the Christanna Campus located in Alberta, VA, the John H. Daniel Campus located in Keysville, VA, and the Southern VA Higher Education Center located in South Boston, VA is accredited by the:Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing program is: Initial Accreditation
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree RD NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/
- Program Outcomes
Program Outcomes, NCLEX Pass Rates, And Student Achievement Data
1. The program's 3-year mean for the NCLEX-RN will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.
2. Sixty percent of the nursing students will complete the program within three years of entrance.
3. Eighty percent of new graduates will be employed in a position for which the ADN program has prepared them (RN) within six months after graduation.
Click the links below for Outcome Data for SVCC Nursing Programs.
NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN PASS RATES - 2016 - 2020 for ADN and 2014 - 2019 for PN
- Academic Support
Southside Virginia Community College has many supports in place to help nursing students be successful! These supports include:
- Faculty Advisors
- Health Sciences Counselor
- The Learning Center (Tutoring) Personnel
- Simulation Lab
- Open Lab Hours for additional student practice
- Online Resources for content enhancement, test practice, and remediation
Rebecca Laben RN, Health Sciences Counselor