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Thursday June 5, 2014
Surry Community College

Hospice Trains at Surry Community College Nursing Facilities

Dobson, NC – May 28, 2014. Surry Community College hosts Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care every year for the organization’s nursing staff annual education.

“This is a way that Surry Community College gives back to the community to assist health care facilities that have been so integral to our students’ success,” said Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences at SCC.

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care provides hospice services to terminally ill patients and their families in 16 counties from seven locations in North Carolina and Southern Virginia.

Katrina McDowell, Director of Quality and Compliance for Mountain Valley Hospice, stated that using the facilities at Surry Community College is a great benefit to Hospice as it provides a centralized location to educate their staff. Additionally, Surry provides the classroom and lab spaces, tools, and human patient simulators needed to demonstrate skills and determine ongoing competency in the Hospice staff.

“We do appreciate using the facility. We have been doing Nursing Hospice Aide Training there for eight years, in the fall and the spring, between Surry’s academic semesters,” McDowell said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. We have seven locations, and it just makes it easier to be able to pull everyone together to be able to send a consistent message to all staff. It also gives us a time to be with our staff because they work from seven offices. Being able to use the community college and provide multiple dates for staff to do training in a shorter timeframe helps us tremendously.”

Many of the nursing staff that come to the event every year are graduates of the Surry Nursing Program and enjoy coming back to the facility, looking at the pictures of the nursing graduates displayed in the Richards Building (H Building) and having a space away from the office to concentrate on their professional development.

The Surry Nursing Program graduates provide nursing care to clients at different points in a patient’s lifetime in a variety of settings. Students can choose to complete the ADN or Associate Degree in Nursing, which is a two-year program enabling students to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse. Currently licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can also choose to complete the LPN-ADN program, which is a three semester program enabling students to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse. For more information about the program, contact Yvonne Johnson at (336) 386-3368 or johnsony@surry.edu.


Submitted by:

Julie Pharr

Public Information Officer for Surry Community College

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