Martinez, like many others, plans to return next semester to continue into the next phase of nursing studies leading to becoming a registered nurse. She will be in the first Pleasanton Campus cohort.
Coastal Bend College offers nursing students several entrances and exits within the nursing program. This multi-entry/exit program creates continuity in educating certified nursing assistants, vocational nurses and registered nurses.
“The goal is to transition certified nurses’ assistants very easily into vocational nursing and to get LVNs very easily into registered nursing and so on,” said Betty Sims, CBC Director of Nursing. CBC’s curriculum for nurse education is delivered in a clinically-intensive program. Instruction covers the four basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children and the elderly. Classroom instruction is also required in mental health/mental illness concepts.
Martinez plans to take her licensing test immediately and wants to work at a nursing home. “I want to get into an Alsheimer’s Unit. You don’t know what you are going to get from day to day in that environment,” she explained.
Her ultimate aim is to become a registered nurse. She will return to Coastal Bend College to achieve that goal. “Registered nursing equals more knowledge and more opportunities,” Martinez said. “That benefits me and my son.”
Coastal Bend College Vocational Nursing Program will hold its annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road in Beeville. The following vocational nursing graduates are scheduled to participate:
Lisa M. Aviar, Noemi Barrera, Ninfa B. Beeson, Oralia O. Cabrera, Veronica M. Cantu, Jose Luis Cardenas, Victoria Ja-Nett Chapa, Shanika D. Escochea, Amanda Garcia, Felicia P. Gonzalez, Sonia L. Gonzalez, Lee Anna M. Gutierrez, James. M. Hernandez, Aubrey B. Hippensteal, Martha Ruth Juarez, Manette M. Mendoza, Heather Y. Pearson, Anna M. Priddy, Rhonda L. Ramos, Melissa Rivera, Anna May B. Rudder, Deliza D. Schumacher, Elizabeth E. Soliz, Ruben Vasquez Jr., Mary A. Velasco, Jennifer R. Wallgren, Ramon Zuniga.
Julie A. Abrigo, Diane L. Aguirre, Leah M. Arciba, Amber M. Carr, Linda L. Carrillo, Lisa M. Castro, Shirley A. DeForest, Adelaida A. Garza, Paulina J. Gibson, Patricia T. Henning, Amy L. Lara, Amanda M. Monjaras, Justin L. Morales, Anna M. Puente, Michelle L. Rico, Heather D. Rodriguez, Sausha M. Salinas, Melissa A. Sanchez, Twanna J. Tamlin, Vanessa Vanover, Lindsey K. Wiginton.
Iris A. Cardoza, Aaron J. DeLeon, Blanca D. Esquivel, Crystal R. Garcia, Britany R. Gibson, Esther Hernandez, Brenda L. Johnson, Alexa J. Leal, Amanda L. Leal, Carla A. Manriques, Laura Montel, Tammie D. Saenz.
Casey Layne Hilton, Lacey Holick, Heather Johnson, Julia Rae Johnson, Tina Marie Lozano, Tricia Magel, Tracy D. Martinez, Biance Danelle Pickett, Melissa Pettit, Alyssa Reyes, Stephanie Nicole Riojas, Cassandra Allison Rutherford, Claudia E. Scharmann, Angela D. Tovar, Rachel Marilyn Villaneda.