NSCC & BGSU Sign Nursing Articulation Agreement

Northwest State Community College (NSCC) and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) signed an articulation agreement  that will allow students to transfer credits from an associate of applied Science in nursing (RN) degree at Northwest State into a bachelor of science in nursing degree at BGSU. Participants in the signing included NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC Vice President of Academics Dr. Dan Burklo, BGSU President Dr. Rodney Rogers, and BGSU College of Health and Human Services Dean Dr. Jim Ciesla.

The nursing articulation agreement was signed at Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, highlighting the lifeline between higher learning institutions and local healthcare providers in terms of workforce development. Kim Bordenkircher, CEO for Henry County Hospital, served as the emcee of the event and noted a Bureau of Labor Statistics study that concluded there will be a shortage of 200,000 nurses in the healthcare setting over the next decade.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Bowling Green State University in this nursing pathway, and we are equally honored that Henry County Hospital volunteered to host this signing event,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “This articulation agreement is not just an academic connection. It is about strengthening the community overall, so we can have a high quality of life,” Thomson continued.

“Educating the next generation of nurses drives the health vitality of our communities. This transfer agreement is a great example of two public organizations coming together to create public good,” said Dr. Rodney Rogers, BGSU president. “BGSU is excited about the nursing education opportunities this partnership brings.”

During the signing event, the creation of the Henry County Hospital nursing scholarship was also announced. The hospital’s foundation board agreed to a philanthropic gift of $35,000 to support an endowed nursing scholarship for BGSU’s RN to BSN program. The scholarship will give preference to students matriculating to BGSU from Northwest State Community College. Bordenkircher announced the gift at Tuesday’s press conference.

“I think at times it’s easy to support something through hosting press conferences, talking and getting to know people, but sometimes you have to put your money where the issue is,” commented Bordenkircher.


NSCC Proud: Elizabeth (Sue) Fiser

Elizabeth Fiser shared why she is NSCC Proud:

“I recently accepted a position as senior specialist, physician training, THV medical affairs with Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in transcatheter heart valves. I started this diverse career as a graduate of the very first class of registered nurses at (what was still) Northwest Technical College. We started with 22 students and graduated 11. After two grueling years as a student nurse, I was awarded the Health Sciences Award of Excellence and went on to specialize in cardiovascular nursing. After many years in the cardiac cath lab, I transitioned into medical device training support. In this role, I have supported training programs around the globe. I’ve worked in Japan, South Korea, and all over Europe and the U.S. My new position is the highlight of my career, and I can’t help but look back in amazement at my humble beginnings as a new nurse from northwest Ohio where I laid the foundation for this exciting ride.”

Nursing Program Announces NCLEX Passage Rates

The need for skilled nurses continues to grow nationwide, and Northwest State Community College is leading the way in preparing students to meet the healthcare demands of our communities. The practical nursing graduates from 2019 at NSCC earned a 100% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), while the registered nursing graduates earned a 92.86% pass rate.

“The faculty and I are pleased to announce the NCLEX results for both the practical nursing and associate degree nursing programs. Our graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX examination and qualify for entry-level nursing positions,” noted Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of the Nursing & Allied Health Division at NSCC.

“Keys to graduate success include the dedication of our experienced faculty and the strong partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare facilities who provide highly effective clinical experiences,” Keister continued. Dr. Keister also noted that within six months of graduation, 100% of NSCC nursing graduates are either working or enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

“Having consistently high passing rates, with multiple times 100% pass on the first try, is a testament to a dedicated group of faculty that ensures high-quality learning environments and student success,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president. “As Northwest State’s premier community institution, local hospitals depend on our medical programs, like nursing, so they can ensure high-quality medical care. We’re so proud of our nursing students, and look forward to their success serving our local families,” Thomson continued.

Nursing careers are hard work, but are also potentially lucrative, which makes the NSCC education worth the time and effort. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage from May 2018 for a registered nurse is $75,510, while the mean annual wage for a licensed practical nurse is $47,050.

Both the practical nursing and registered nursing programs are accepting applications at Northwest State’s main campus in Archbold. 

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

[1] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

NSCC Proud: Pamela Stephey

Pamela Stephey came to the United States from Costa Rica to continue her education and open up opportunities for a better life. She has been quite busy lately, both in her studies and in her personal life. Pamela is a medical assisting and phlebotomy student at NSCC and recently earned U.S. citizenship. She greatly appreciates the love and support she has received along the way from NSCC faculty and from her family. Pamela plans to use her Northwest State education to become a medical interpreter.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by ACEN

Northwest State Community College will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the Auditorium of Building E at 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Director
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email: mstoll@acenursing.org
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by January 20, 2020.

Practical Nursing & Phlebotomy Graduates Celebrated in Special Ceremony

Ten students from Northwest State Community College’s practical nursing program celebrated completion of the program recently during a special pinning ceremony. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing and upon successful completion, enter directly into the workforce. After obtaining work experience, they may continue their education and pursue a degree in registered nursing.

During the ceremony, the College also recognized eleven students from the phlebotomy technician certificate program. The phlebotomy program leads to entry-level positions in the health care field, and students earning this certificate may also choose to continue their education for an associate degree in medical assisting.

Practical nursing students recognized:

Allen County: Asisat Yusuf (Fort Wayne)
Defiance County: Emily Blakeley (Defiance) and Emily Pontious (Defiance)
DeKalb County: Haley Blaylock (Auburn)
Fulton County: McKenzie Hilton (Lyons) and Jennifer Nijakowski (Swanton)
Van Wert County: Danielle Adams (Convoy)
Williams County: Kelsey Pahl (Edgerton), Tori Parmer (West Unity) and Jessica Reed (Bryan)

Phlebotomy students recognized:

Defiance County: Leona Aldred (Ney), Rachel Johnson (Defiance), Elijah Osborne (Defiance) and Victoria Romes (Defiance)
Fulton County: Brenda Ramirez (Swanton) and Katelyn Roth (Wauseon)
Lucas County: Melanie Miller (Whitehouse)
Paulding County: Cindi Finnegan (Paulding)
Williams County: Haylee Dickerson (Stryker), Jorden Douglass (Montpelier) and Ashley Manges (Edon)

NSCC Proud: Sue Kohl

Sue Kohl attended NSCC after graduating from high school, then returned years later, changed majors and graduated from the associate degree nursing program in 1992. During her time as a student, she appreciated the wonderful faculty who went the extra mile to help her. Now a nursing instructor herself, Sue is able to provide that experience for today’s students.

Learn more about the RN program at Northwest State.