Hill College’s Nursing Advisory Committee Recognized

  Robin DeMott
  Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:00 PM

Hillsboro, TX

The Hill College Nursing Advisory Committee is composed of professionals who broadly represent the demographics, including ethnic and gender diversity, of the service area, as well as the occupational field in all sectors of the business community. Advisory members are expected to be well informed about the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the nursing profession.  

The committee meets at least once a year, face-to-face, and more if needed. The committee recently met to hear about the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) program updates. 

The Advisory Committee includes: Glenda Gschnell, retired public educator; Christina McElroy, RN, Alpha Omega Hospice; Joe Rudisaile, RN, Medical City Arlington; Jana Spies, BSN, RN, Baylor S&W Hillcrest; Lori VanWagenen, CNO; Hill Regional Hospital; Veneta Edwards, retired public educator; Michelle Kennon, RN, American Hospice; Janice Markwardt, BSN, RN, Hill Regional Hospital; Jeanne Thompson, Whitney ISD. 

Special guests included Hill College faculty and staff: Katina Castro, MSN, RN, skills lab coordinator; Dawn Cox, MSN/ed, RN, PhD (c), ADN program director; Janis Grimland, BSN, RN, VN program director; Paula Hutchings, MSN, RN skills lab coordinator; Dean of Health and Public Services Lori Moseley, MSN, RN. 

The Hill College nursing programs are ranked sixth in the state by RNCareers.org. The ranking is based on students first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation by the ACEN and CCNE, program offerings and more. The average NCLEX-RN passing rate is 85.90 percent. Hill College ADN’s NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2018 was 100 percent. 

The Hill College Nursing program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas. The programs are offered in a combination of delivery methods, including face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. 

The ADN Program is a 60-hour Associate of Applied Science degree that typically takes two years to complete. The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increase their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities. 

The VN Program is a 48/49-credit hour curriculum leading to a certificate of completion that typically takes one year to complete. The VN Program is accredited by the Board of Nursing (BON) for the State of Texas and is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to pass the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination - Vocational Nursing). 

To learn more, please visit www.hillcollege.edu/nursing, or contact Julie Britton at jbritton@hillcollege.edu or 817.760.5921.

CNA Program graduates for summer 2019

From L-R: Jana Spies, BSN, RN, Baylor S&W Hillcrest; Christina McElroy (Hill College Vocational Nursing graduate 2015) She is a RN currently, and works for Alpha Omega Hospice; Dean of Health and Public Services at Hill College Lori Moseley, MSN, RN; Glenda Gschnell, RN, retired rehabilitation nurse and nurse educator; Lori Van Wagenen, CNO Hill Regional Hospital; Joe Rudisaile, RN, Surgical Services at Medical City.

Not pictured: Veneta Edwards, Retired Public Educator; Michelle Kennon, RN, American Hospice; Janice Markwardt, BSN, RN, Hill Regional Hospital; Jeanne Thompson, Whitney ISD.