Nursing program receives lofty ranking

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The Associate Degree Nursing Program of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College continues to maintain its position as one of the top programs in the state, recently receiving a lofty ranking by Nurse Journal, an entity whose mission is to create a social community for nurses around the nation and the globe.

Nurse Journal has ranked the Southeast program No. 107 for nursing schools in the eastern region of the United States, an area from Maine to Florida and as far west as Arkansas, incorporating approximately 1,189 colleges and universities. The program is in the top 10 percent of the total 1,189 and is in the top five percent among 648 out of the overall total who are community or technical colleges. The Associate Degree Nursing Program, located on the Cumberland and Pineville campuses of SKCTC, attracts students from across the service area of Harlan, Bell and Letcher counties and beyond.

Kathy H. Guyn, professor of nursing and division chairman and program coordinator in announcing the information, was delighted by the ranking and gives credit to the students, the faculty and staff and the administration of the college. “I was surprised and certainly very pleased to receive news of our high ranking,” she said. “It is all due to our faculty and our students. Nursing is an extremely hard profession and the responsibilities are great and the knowledge base is even greater, our students put in a lot of hard work aided by the faculty who helps them be successful. Truly, this is a testament to our faculty and students.”

Professor Guyn went on to note the SKCTC Associate Degree Nursing Program, according to the ranking by Nurse Journal, is the leader among similar programs offered by the 16 institutions of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Nurse Journal and its goal is to create a social community for nurses worldwide and to educate prospective students as to the top nursing schools for career possibilities. Their ranking was based on the 1,189 schools in five categories or criteria, based on quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value as well as the all-important pass rate on the national nursing examination, NCLEX. Guyn said the SKCTC program was recently evaluated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or ACEN and was reaccredited until 2023.

“Our program and those offered by KCTCS colleges are extremely affordable. One can become an excellent nurse at a fraction of the cost of the programs as offered by four-year institutions,” she said. “Our students traditionally do well on the national exam (NCLEX) — in most instances, doing as well as students from larger schools.”

Guyn, who has taught at Southeast for 35 years, leads a faculty of ten full-time instructors and one administrative senior assistant and several adjunct faculty who supply clinical instruction; as well as a nurse aid program that provides fundamental skills to all students admitted into the SKCTC program.

“Our students have two years to master the nursing skills, while those at the universities have four years to develop,” she said. “We are honored to have been singled out, and we take great delight in the tribute received of being in the top five percent of all the programs studied.”

For more information about the nursing program, contact Professor Guyn at 606-589-3098

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