Nursing Student Plans to Become an RN and Work in Hospice or Palliative Care Setting

At the Columbus School of Practical Nursing, we are often humbled by the maturity, dedication and grace of our nursing students. Many of our students balance their studies with work, family obligations, and personal challenges that make their success even more impressive. Anita Burk is one of those students. She is currently excelling in her coursework while caring for her young son who is in hospice and palliative care.

Anita has been a caregiver her entire life. She cared for her mother growing up and has become a fierce advocate for her 10-year-old son who requires constant care. When you meet Anita, she exudes optimism and warmth. Her enthusiasm to become a nurse extends beyond her own personal career goals. While it’s typical for our students to form study groups and support one another, Anita is determined to make sure her entire class does well. “She is like our class mom,” said Rougy Oularé, fellow nursing student. “Anita makes study sheets for all of our classmates because she wants all of us to succeed,” explained Rougy. Natural leaders like Anita motivate others to do well while fostering a feeling of belonging. “I love the sense of family among classmates. Our group thrives on our diversity. I never knew coming in that I would have a second family,” remarked Anita.

When we asked Anita how the clinical portion of our nursing program was going, she said it was “an overwhelming experience.” “I find myself getting attached to patients which is something I will need to learn to pull back on,” Anita shared. “Even the small things like feeding someone who cannot feed themselves is an amazing experience.”

Anita’s thoughts on nursing as a career are profound. She realizes the importance of saving lives, but understands nursing is so much more than that. She describes how the simple tasks like giving someone a warm bath, feeding them, and providing dignity can make a huge difference in the quality of a patient’s care. “I feel that nursing is an extension of humanity,” Anita gently explained.

It should come as no surprise after getting to know Anita that she plans to become and RN and focus on the meaningful specialty of hospice and palliative care. “The end of life can be just as beautiful as the beginning of life if you have the right people in place. That’s where I feel my heart is.” Her nurturing approach to patient care will serve patients and their families well.

We know Anita Birk will make a great addition to any healthcare team and are proud to have her as a one of our students in the Columbus School of Practical Nursing.

There is a Growing Demand for Male Nurses

The U.S. healthcare industry is experiencing a critical shortage of nurses. The once female-dominated field is forecasted to grow by 16 percent by 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of men in nursing is roughly 10 percent, but that number is also expected to rise as more nursing schools and hospitals actively recruit men to join this rewarding profession.

Columbus School of Practical Nursing student Tyler McFarland knows his practical nurse training will help earn him a good salary and the opportunity to work at almost any healthcare facility. Tyler’s story is somewhat unique in that his father and uncle are both nurses. While both men inspired him to become a nurse, the job security that nursing provides helped solidify his career choice.

Tyler believes a 12-month practical nursing program is “a quick way to advance your profession.” He is part of an accelerated program that blends classroom teaching with real clinical experience that start early in the course. “The first-hand experience includes starting IVs, inserting a catheter, and other invasive procedures that help prepare you to be a nurse,” Tyler explained.

Tyler is confident that his teachers are fully preparing him to pass the NCLEX, a requirement for becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). “The teachers here try to bring you in, not weed you out,” said Tyler. “They provide students with all the information they need to be successful,” he added.

Tyler’s nursing aspirations go beyond that of earning his LPN certificate. He is already employed in the healthcare field as a state tested nurse aide (STNA) at MacIntosh Company. The Central Ohio company operates seven senior care communities and a home health agency. Working there as an STNA, Tyler takes care of clients and assists them with daily activities. “Although I have only been employed at MacIntosh for four months, I can already tell it is where I will grow and build my nursing career,” Tyler said. After becoming an LPN, Tyler plans to work at MacIntosh’s brand new assisted living and rehabilitation center in Canal Winchester. “MacIntosh’s great reputation paired with their willingness to help further their employees’ education ensures me that I can reach my goal of one day becoming a nurse anesthetist,” Tyler added.

The Columbus School of Practical Nursing has seen a significant increase in male student enrollment in the past two years. It’s a trend we’d like to see continue as male nurses serve an important role in a field where well trained, highly qualified nurses are greatly needed.

Inspired by Tyler’s student success story? Give us a call at (380) 997-7617 to learn more about our 12-month Practical Nursing Program in Columbus.


Why Did You Become a Nurse?

Meet nursing student Raequel Mosley. Raequel is half way through the Columbus School of Practical Nursing’s 12-month program taught at our Lexington Avenue location. She is one of our dedicated nursing students on their way to becoming a licensed practical nurse.

We like to ask our students what made them decide to become a nurse. In Raquel’s case, her previous work experience provided an opportunity for her to interact with patients. “Working at a nursing home with deaf and blind residents, I fell in love with caring for people,” Raequel explained. “I knew there was another purpose for my life. Going to different schools and majoring in different things didn’t make me feel grounded. Studying here reminds me this is my calling.”

Raequel also chose the nursing profession because she knew it offered her and her two children a secure financial future. In Ohio, a licensed practical nurse earns an average salary of $41,000 depending on the position. And while other careers are subject to ongoing layoffs, Raequel feels assured knowing nurses are in high demand.

Like many nursing students, Raequel is excited to put her skills into action. She recently had the opportunity to shadow the treatment of a patient’s wound site during the clinical portion of our program. Seeing the doctors and nurses in action reinforced her desire to become a wound nurse, where she can someday practice her skills in an ER or other medical setting.

We asked Raequel what else she has gained from her clinical experiences. “I can see how important is to organize your day,” she said. “Time can get away from you if you don’t prepare correctly.” In fact, time was one of the reasons Raquel chose the Columbus Practical Nursing when searching for a nursing program. She liked that the program was only 12 months, and feels that she is accomplishing much in a short period of time.

Raequel also liked our program’s affordability and the fact that there are no prerequisite courses needed to apply. As for what Raquel likes best about the program now that she’s enrolled, she shared, “I feel that the students are a close-knit family. We all pitch in and help our fellow students. Our teachers are here for our success and provide extra help if needed.”

Raequel is excelling in our program and is on track to graduate in June when she will be fully prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). The Columbus School of Practical Nursing’s passing rate for the NCLEX is 98%. We know Raequel will score well on the exam and will become a great nurse.

10 Great Reasons to Become a Nurse

Everyone knows that nursing is challenging profession that requires a great amount of patience, discipline and skill. Nursing can also be an incredibly rewarding career for the right person. Nurses are in high demand in the U.S. and will be for the foreseeable future. Have you considered these 10 reasons for becoming a nurse?

1. Nurses get to care for others. We know this is probably the biggest reason you’ve considered becoming a nurse, so enough said.

2. Nurses earn good salaries. In Ohio, LPNs earn an average yearly salary of $44,000 while RNs earn approximately $62,000 yearly.

3. Nursing is a stable job. The U.S. is experiencing a critical shortage of nurses and the nursing industry is expected to grow by 16% by the year 2024.

4. Nurses can work in a variety of settings. Hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare, doctor’s offices, surgical centers, cruise ships, and more.

5. Nurses can specialize in their area of interest. There are literally over 100 nursing specialties! Pediatric, geriatric, burn care, flight, psychiatric, hospice, and anesthesia are just some of those specialties.

6. Nurses usually have great benefits. In today’s market, employee benefit packages for nurses often include signing bonuses and other above-average benefits like excellent health insurance and vacation days.

7. Nurses can work 3 or 4 days a week – Flexible options are available while still being considered a full-time employee.

8. Nurses are trusted, respected and needed. We all rely on nurses at some point in our lives to care for us and our loved ones.

9. Nurses can complete their training quickly. LPNs can take courses and earn their certificate in one year. It’s possible to become an RN in two years.

10. Nurses make a difference in people’s lives. They provide comfort, care and reassurance to not only patients, but to their family members as well.

If you are considering a career in nursing and would like to talk to one of our experienced nursing professionals, please give us a call at (380) 997-7617. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this exciting profession.