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Nursing Students Weigh Options as They Prepare to Graduate

Friday, August 2, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

RNAs the inaugural group of nurses prepared to graduate this weekend from Texas State Technical College’s Registered Nursing Program, the nurses were being highly recruited from area medical institutions.

A couple of recruitment luncheons held within days of each other this past week gave students the opportunity to weigh their options and validate TSTC’s nascent program, which started in August 2012.

“Our nurses are very well-prepared,” said RN Program Chair Rachel Wilson. “We’ve received great feedback from some of our recruiters. Our nurses are very enthusiastic and ready to join the workforce.”

On Friday July 26, South Texas Health Systems from the Upper Valley hosted a luncheon for the nursing students at The Reese in Harlingen. Recruiters and hospital administrators answered questions and handed out information about their medical facilities.

On Wednesday, Valley Baptist Health Systems Administrative Director of Nurses Patrick Ybarra was on hand at the University Center to speak to the nursing students about Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and Brownsville.

He was joined by recruiters Patty Torres and Jorge Diaz, who also answered questions and talked to students through the application process.

“These nurses from TSTC are highly recruited because of their experience,” Diaz said. “Some of them are LVN (licensed vocational nurses) and some are EMTs (emergency medical technicians). So when you have some with that type of experience, you want them working for you. It makes their transition from school to the workplace a lot smoother.”

On Friday, 23 nursing students were pinned as the inaugural class of the Registered Nursing Program. The students were in the middle of their NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) during the recruiting functions. NCLEX is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States.

Wilson said the students did well during their reviews.

“We’re very encouraged about the future of this program,” Wilson said.

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