DOBSON — Kiena Williams, a nurse educator at Surry Community College, recently passed the national certification and licensure examination to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) credential.
To become a FNP, one must successfully complete a graduate-level program, and go through comprehensive clinical training as well. Williams obtained a Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner from Old Dominion University.
Williams has been a nurse since 2002, and an educator at SCC since 2010, but advancing her studies and augmenting her knowledge in the medical field has always been important to her.
“I wanted to further my education to gain a better understanding of the pathology and treatment of various disease processes affecting the population in which we serve as caregivers,” Williams said.
Her new credentials, and the lessons learned in her master’s degree program, have already proved beneficial in Williams’s role at Surry.
“I have a better understanding of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from the provider role. Providing nursing students with this information can only further their knowledge in order to create the safest, most competent nurses entering our workforce,” Williams said.
Surry Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to assist individuals in making informed decisions that impact their health.
Coursework includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system, and the average annual salary in nursing is $66,220.
Surry also offers a Practical Nurse certification program, and a Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse bridge program.
For more information on Surry’s Nursing programs, contact Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Yvonne Johnson at 336-386-3368 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the program on Facebook @surrynursing.