Learn the facts about degrees and careers in nursing
There’s no point in shielding you from the truth any longer. The Nursing Program at Kirtland Community College is selective and challenging. But that’s the reason our elite graduates are in such high demand on the job market once they earn their degrees…
… and that’s no lie. But one of these is.
Can you spot the one falsehood hiding among these six truths about Nursing at Kirtland?
1. Nursing is more than a career; it’s a passion.
You really have to have passion for people to work in nursing. It can’t be about money. From the day you start a nursing program the competition is high, with everyone keyed in to perform at their best in this competitive field. Getting through the program means students partner up in a buddy system or a study group. And often, students who come to the program through an ah-ha moment or an epiphany will bring passion to their work, whether that realization is caring for a sick loved one or volunteering in their community—students who find meaning and purpose are driven to succeed.
2. Your education in nursing never ends.
Learning may start at Kirtland, but a good nurse is a life-long learner—a person who’s committed to doing the homework and the research to find the answers. It’s the reason Program Director Beth Hubbard loves nursing so much—because she loves being an investigator. “If a patient comes into the ER and they can’t speak due to an injury or illness, and you have to investigate to figure out what the heck is going on… that’s very rewarding,” Beth says.
3. Kirtland teaches through simulated healthcare settings and scenarios.
Sometimes the best way to learn is through mistakes, which is why the Kirtland Nursing simulations are so essential for our students. Our labs mimic real-world hospital and healthcare environments, and include animatronic dummies and real live actors to teach students how to handle a variety of scenarios in a risk-free setting. When mistakes are inevitably made, that’s when faculty does a debrief of the scene, and where the real learning takes place. As Beth likes to say, “The more dramatic the mistake, the better. If you can make a mistake in a controlled environment, you’ll never make that mistake again during a real patient intervention.”
4. Nursing can be for anyone. There’s no perfect profile for a Kirtland nursing student.
Students come from far and wide to study nursing at Kirtland. Some travel great distances, from as far away as the Upper Peninsula and Flint, while others are local to the area. And of the approximately 140 students in the nursing program, over half are 25 years or younger. Some of these first-time college students, fresh out of high school, are studying alongside non-traditional students who are already deep into families and careers. Still others are part of a nursing lineage, like Beth Hubbard, whose daughter and granddaughter are both in the nursing profession.
5. Kirtland features the full nursing spectrum.
From our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to our LPN to ADN to a full partnership RN-BSN program with Saginaw Valley State University, our world-class faculty prepares students for any number of pathways within the nursing profession.
For careers moving forward, Kirtland is on the path to full accreditation, with a final determination expected this June after three years of full compliance. It’s part of Kirtland’s commitment to meeting national standards, to ensure our graduates can work anywhere, at local healthcare operations, facilities across the country, VA hospitals and more.
6. Kirtland supports nursing students with resources and assistance.
As we’ve mentioned, nursing can be challenging. Not just the coursework, but the time commitment. Add that to the fact that many students have part- or full-time jobs, families, house payments and everything else that comes with life, and there’s a lot of juggling to be done. That’s why Kirtland offers resources to help students to meet the rigorous academic demands—study groups, licensed counselors and a disabilities coordinator, stress and time management tips, writing resources through the library, and even essential oils to calm the nerves.
7. Nurses can’t dance, which is why you’ll never see anyone dancing in scrubs.
OK, nurses CAN dance, but dance responsibly and in moderation, because you’re going to need your energy to help save lives.
“Do yourself a favor, and before you start the program: do all the favors you can,” Beth says. “Learn how to freeze meals, get a babysitter lined up—and a backup babysitter. Make friends with someone with a car, in case your car breaks down. Make good friends who you can call on for help. There’s no excuses.”
Are you ready?
If you’re one of the special few who’s called to be a nurse, start your new career with a Nursing Degree from Kirtland Community College?