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Nursing Faculty & Staff

Administration

Monica Murkison 
Nursing Department Administrative Assistant
Phone: 617 541 5313
Email: mmurkison@rcc.mass.edu

Lynn Doyle, MS, CPNP, DNP
Interim Director of Nursing/Nursing Faculty
Email: ldoyle@rcc.mass.edue

Hansella Caines Robson, BSN, MHA
Assistant Director of Nursing
Email: hrobson@rcc.mass.edu

Faculty

Jennifer Verstreken, MSN, MBA/MHCA, RN, CMSRN
Chairperson for the Department/Nursing Faculty
Email: jverstreken@rcc.mass.edu

Priscilla Bolte, MSN, CNP, RN, ANP-BC, CNE
Nursing Faculty
Email: pbolte@rcc.mass.edu

Loretta Cunningham, DNP, RN
Nursing Faculty
Email: lcunningham@rcc.mass.edu

LaVerne Dickson, MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty
Email: ldickson@rcc.mass.edu

 

 

 

Overview of Nursing Program (ADN & PNC)

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The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org.

Beginning in Fall 2017, Roxbury Community College (RCC) nursing program will have a state-of-the-art simulated hospital which includes: a Labor & Delivery suite, pediatric & adult patient rooms, OR, trauma room, radiology, exam rooms, general simulation and skills areas.  Also effective in fall 2017, RCC nursing program is moving to its new space which will provide nursing students with smart classrooms, a new computer lab, and student lounge.  RCC through grant support offers students high, mid, and low level fidelity simulation to augment their class and clinical education.   

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Roxbury Community College is offering a stackable program to students.  All students who are accepted into RCC nursing program are admitted to the AD nursing program.  Students by the end of their 2nd semester must decide whether they want to continue on the ADN track or the PNC track where they will receive a Practical Nursing Certificate after successful completion of a 3rd semester and final semester. The Licensed Practical Nurse may then choose to return to the program and have the opportunity to be advanced placed in the third semester of the ADN program.  LPNs graduating from other academic programs who wish to advance place in our 2nd or 3rd semester may be invited to do so, if they successfully complete the NLN NACE exams 1,2,3 with a score of 75 or more.  

Overview of Associate Degree Nursing Program

By the end of the nursing program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Apply the nursing process and EBP to provide high quality, safe patient care to culturally diverse clients with actual and potential common health problems throughout the life cycle.
  2. Communicate therapeutically with clients, families, and health care team members to assist in the achievement of desired outcomes.
  3. Promote the health of culturally diverse clients and their families throughout the life cycle through the implementation of effective teaching plans.
  4. Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and implement health promotion, disease prevention, illness management and adaptation through to end of life care.
  5. Uses leadership and management skills (including quality improvement strategies) that show an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context of the health care system to provide, continually reevaluate and improve patient care (systems-based practice - Adapted from ACGME & NOF & QSEN).
  6. Demonstrate professional attributes and accountability within the practice of associate-degree nursing.
  7. Utilize clinical reasoning skills to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to diverse clients and their families across a variety of settings.
  8. Use evidence based information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. (QSEN)

Students with little or no health care experience are eligible to apply for admission to the ADN Program. Educational mobility for licensed practical nurses is offered through the Advanced Placement Option. The Program graduate is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is then eligible to apply to the Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses.

Roxbury Community College ADN Graduates:

  • Associate Degree Graduation Rate: Of the students who started the ADN program in Fall 2014, 58.9% graduated by Spring 2016
  • Job placement: As of 2016, Roxbury Community College Job placement rate within a year of graduation is 89%
  • NCLEX Pass RATE: For 2016, the first time pass rate for RCC ADN Graduates was 74%
  • Continuing Education: 94% of ADN Graduates reported being enrolled in an RN-BSN program or plans to enroll within a year 

Overview of Practical Nursing Certificate Program

Roxbury Community College Stackable program provides flexibility for students within the program during and post-graduation.  Students who successfully complete the PNC and licensure (LPN) and meet the advanced placement criteria are invited to return to the 3rd semester of the ADN program and be finished in 2 semesters.

By the end of practical nursing certificate program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate ability to safely perform basic therapeutic and preventative nursing procedures in providing individualized care of clients with common, well-defined, health problems in selected health care settings.
  • Utilize the nursing process, evidence-based practice, and information technology in the care of culturally diverse clients with common, well-defined health problems. 
  • Utilize goal-directed communication methods with clients, families and health care team members.
  • Promote the health of culturally diverse clients through the application of basic educational strategies.  
  • Demonstrate professional and leadership attributes within the practice of practical nursing.
  • Utilize clinical reasoning skills to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to diverse clients and their families across a variety of settings. 

Roxbury Community College PN Graduates:

  • 2016 NCLEX Pass Rate:  80%
  • Job placement for 2016 graduates is reported at 100%
  • Continuing Education: 67% are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an ADN program within the next 6 months.

 

Roxbury Community College is offering a stackable program to students.  All students who are accepted into RCC nursing program are admitted to the AD nursing program.  Students by the end of their 2nd semester must decide whether they want to continue on the ADN track or the PNC track where they will receive a Practical Nursing Certificate after successful completion of a 3rd semester and final semester.   The Licensed Practical Nurse may then choose to return to the program and have the opportunity to be advanced placed in the third semester of the ADN program.  LPNs graduating from other academic programs who wish to advance place in our 2nd or 3rd semester may be invited to do so, if they successfully complete the NLN NACE exams 1,2,3 with a score of 75 or more. 

Overview of Associate Degree Nursing Program

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Roxbury Community College ADN Graduates:

·         Associate Degree Graduation Rate: Of the students who started the ADN program in Fall 2014, 58.9% graduated by Spring 2016

·         Job placement: As of 2016, Roxbury Community College Job placement rate within a year of graduation is 89%

·         NCLEX Pass RATE: For 2016, the first time pass rate for RCC ADN Graduates was 74%

·         Continuing Education: 94% of ADN Graduates reported being enrolled in an RN-BSN program or plans to enroll within a year

 

Overview of Practical Nursing Certificate Program

Roxbury Community College Stackable program provides flexibility for students within the program during and post-graduation.  Students who successfully complete the PNC and licensure (LPN) and meet the advanced placement criteria are invited to return to the 3rd semester of the ADN program and be finished in 2 semesters.

By the end of practical nursing certificate program, the graduate will be prepared to:

1)     Demonstrate ability to safely perform basic therapeutic and preventative nursing procedures in providing individualized care of clients with common, well-defined, health problems in selected health care settings.

2)     Utilize the nursing process, evidence-based practice, and information technology in the care of culturally diverse clients with common, well-defined health problems.

 

3)     Utilize goal-directed communication methods with clients, families and health care team members.

4)     Promote the health of culturally diverse clients through the application of basic educational strategies. 

 

5)     Demonstrate professional and leadership attributes within the practice of practical nursing.

 

6)     Utilize clinical reasoning skills to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to diverse clients and their families across a variety of settings. 

 

RCC PN Graduates:

 

·         2016 NCLEX Pass Rate:  80%

·         Job placement for 2016 graduates is reported at 100%

·         Continuing Education: 67% are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an ADN program within the next 6 months.

Technical Requirements for Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs

Students enrolled in all nursing programs at Roxbury Community college, are required to be in good physical and mental/emotional health.  Physical health is defined as being able to perform fine and gross motor skills, being able to perform normal weight bearing activities, and free of a communicable disease.  Emotional health is defined as reacting appropriately to stressful situations, understanding one’s own ability to cope with stressful situations, and behaving appropriately within the current environment. The nursing program has reasonable expectations of students to perform common nursing functions.

Student must be able to meet the requirements to apply for admission and for continuation in the nursing program.   A physical examination by a healthcare provider and requested immunizations are required for program participation. Applicants should present the program’s Technical Standards to their healthcare provider for review at the time of the physical examination.  The physician must sign certifying that the student meets the listed requirements.

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

The minimum abilities expected include but are not limited to the following technical standards and essential functions outlined below. 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS
Issue    Description    Standard/Physical Requirement
Behavioral    Emotional & Mental Stability    Nursing students must possess the ability to function effectively under stress; Demonstrate flexibility and concern for others; able to provide safe nursing care and work in environment with multiple interruptions and noises, distractions, and unexpected patient needs.
Cognitive Abilities     Mental capability    Nursing students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person
Communication    Speak, read, write, & use English language effectively. Communicate effectively in interactions with others verbally, nonverbally & in written form    Nursing students must possess the ability to affectively interact with the environment and other persons. Able to communicate with wide variety of people and styles, ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting critical patient information required.
Comprehension
    Comprehend and process information; perform algebraic and complex calculations    Nursing students must possess the ability to engage in written and oral directives related to patient care, focusing and remembering information given by faculty/healthcare providers to assimilate and apply to patient care; comprehend and process instructions readily; Perform mathematical functions regarding medication administration.
Critical Thinking    Ability to problem solve    Nursing students must possess the ability to integrate information through critical thinking based on information gathered on patients during clinical sessions, and during class sessions that are applied to the clinical process.
Hearing    Use of auditory sense    Nursing students must possess the ability to hear and correctly interpret what is heard; which includes patient complaints, physical assessments (heart, bowel and other sound), physicians’ orders whether verbal or over telephone, fire and equipment alarms, etc.
Mobility
    Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina    Standard work day requires various abilities including standing, walking, sitting, bending, flexing, lifting, twisting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching, pushing and pulling to gather and stock supplies, operate equipment (computers, various types of medical devices, hospital beds, etc.), and perform required functions of patient care. Often must lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Must be able to assist patient position, transfer, or transport requiring lifting in excess of 40 pounds.
Motor Skills
    Physical ability, coordination, dexterity    Nursing students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to perform required functions of patient care; hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, and simple firm grasping required for fine motor skills and manipulation; fine and gross finger dexterity required;
Tactile    Use of touch    Nursing students shall possess the tactile feeling required to detect heat, cold, pain, pressure, etc.
Visual    Use of sight    Nursing students shall possess the visual skills necessary to detect signs and symptoms, body language of patients, color of wounds and drainage, and possible infections anywhere. Interpret written word accurately, read characters and identify colors on the computer screen.

Technical Standards

IssueDescriptionStandard/Physical Requirement
Behavioral Emotional & Mental Stability Nursing students must possess the ability to function effectively under stress; Demonstrate flexibility and concern for others; able to provide safe nursing care and work in environment with multiple interruptions and noises, distractions, and unexpected patient needs.
Cognitive Abilities Mental capability Nursing students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person
Communication Speak, read, write, & use English language effectively. Communicate effectively in interactions with others verbally, nonverbally & in written form Nursing students must possess the ability to affectively interact with the environment and other persons. Able to communicate with wide variety of people and styles, ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting critical patient information required.
Comprehension Comprehend and process information; perform algebraic and complex calculations Nursing students must possess the ability to engage in written and oral directives related to patient care, focusing and remembering information given by faculty/healthcare providers to assimilate and apply to patient care; comprehend and process instructions readily; Perform mathematical functions regarding medication administration.
Critical Thinking Ability to problem solve Nursing students must possess the ability to integrate information through critical thinking based on information gathered on patients during clinical sessions, and during class sessions that are applied to the clinical process.
Hearing Use of auditory sense Nursing students must possess the ability to hear and correctly interpret what is heard; which includes patient complaints, physical assessments (heart, bowel and other sound), physicians' orders whether verbal or over telephone, fire and equipment alarms, etc.
Mobility Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina Standard work day requires various abilities including standing, walking, sitting, bending, flexing, lifting, twisting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching, pushing and pulling to gather and stock supplies, operate equipment (computers, various types of medical devices, hospital beds, etc.), and perform required functions of patient care. Often must lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Must be able to assist patient position, transfer, or transport requiring lifting in excess of 40 pounds.
Motor Skills Physical ability, coordination, dexterity Nursing students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to perform required functions of patient care; hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, and simple firm grasping required for fine motor skills and manipulation; fine and gross finger dexterity required;
Tactile Use of touch Nursing students shall possess the tactile feeling required to detect heat, cold, pain, pressure, etc.
Visual Use of sight Nursing students shall possess the visual skills necessary to detect signs and symptoms, body language of patients, color of wounds and drainage, and possible infections anywhere. Interpret written word accurately, read characters and identify colors on the computer screen.
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