The RVC nursing program understands that patients are sicker than ever in the hospitals and believe that our community deserves high quality, safe practicing nurses who will act quickly on subtle or quick changes in their patients' condition. RVC nursing is responding to the ever changing needs in healthcare by offering top quality nursing education from highly experienced nursing faculty who care. The excellent education provided is evident by our exceptional NCLEX pass rates, remaining higher than the national and state averages.
Local hospitals are eager to employ RVC nursing graduates because of the reputation RVC nursing graduates have. RVC has formed partnerships with five RN-BSN Completion Programs to deliver a seamless educational pathway towards BSN, which our local hospitals require within three to five years of employment. This provides our graduates options which suit their needs and the opportunity to receive tuition reimbursement from employers. RVC Nursing is the best option in town: excellent quality education, highly experienced faculty, cost effective from prerequisite to RN and BSN.
Nursing, with more than two million jobs, is the country's largest health care occupation, and it's growing. By 2020, it is estimated that 50% of the current nursing workforce will begin to retire, leaving a critical shortage of nurses around the country.
Our community is no different. Hospital jobs are growing, but even more are jobs in home health and long-term care, as patients are spending less time in the hospital for recovery and being sent home with visiting nurses or to long-term care facilities for rehabilitation. In addition, more nurses will be needed in clinics and medical offices as technology allows increasingly more sophisticated treatment options to be done off hospital campuses.
As a nurse, you'll have a flexible, varied career where your services are in demand. You can choose to work in a variety of settings: hospitals, medical offices and clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, and community agencies which all employ nurses. You can also choose a specialty such as dialysis, surgery, cardiac, trauma, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, hospice, and more; wherever your heart leads you.
The first person to earn a nursing diploma in the United States was a woman named Linda Richards. She earned it in 1873 and the proof of her graduation is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.