Robeson Community College is committed to excellence, not only in the quality of academics that our students receive, but also in the practical matter of how those students perform once they leave the college and enter the workforce. Instructors at the college also try to emphasize the importance of community service and working to make our community a better place to live. Nowhere are those commitments more important than in the health sciences and our faculty and students continue to provide evidence of a commitment to excellence in each of these areas.
The practical nursing class of 2017, which graduated in August, proved that commitment to academic excellence when the entire class passed their national certification exam in the month or so following graduation. Upon completion of their degrees, practical nurses and registered nurses must pass the National Council Licensure Examination before they can be licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. This is the third year in a row that Robeson’s Practical Nursing class has had a 100 percent pass rate among first-time takers of the test. Likewise, the college’s Registered Nursing program students have a three-year history of a 100 percent pass rate on their exams.
The college’s Respiratory Therapy program students recently added additional evidence to the college’s commitment to academic and performance excellence when they competed in the state level “Sputum Bowl” competition and won first place, earning them the right to compete in the national competition. The Sputum Bowl is a “Jeopardy”-style competition with double elimination rounds during which students must answer questions that test their knowledge of respiratory care. Students from four-year universities and two-year community colleges compete in this event. Students in Robeson’s program have been preparing for the state competition since June and will fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday to represent North Carolina in the national competition. Each state is eligible to send only one team to the competition.
The group has raised money by holding a car wash to defray travel expenses. For anyone who might want to support the students’ efforts, faculty members have created a gofundme account at www.gofundme.com/sputumisourbreadandbutter. Donations can also be made directly to Respiratory Clinical Education Director Danyelle Miray at the college. Miray can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 910-272-3399. All donations will be appreciated, but the group leaves Tuesday morning, so potential donors are encouraged to give by Monday if possible.
Students in the Respiratory Therapy program have also proven that they know how to give back and make our community a better place to live. Students in the Neonatal and Pediatrics class of this program recently held their annual diaper drive. They donated and delivered four cases and four packs of diapers, and one case and 12 packs of baby wipes to the Robeson County Church and Community Center for the benefit of children in Robeson County.
Respiratory students are also gearing up for community education project in spring semester. The Respiratory Therapy program has partnered with the Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center located at Biggs Park Mall to provide awareness and education on a variety of topics including recognizing symptoms, medication delivery, and proper nutrition and exercise.
“We are passionate about education and awareness,” Miray said.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining in Robeson Community College’s commitment to excellence in Respiratory Therapy, contact Miray at the contacts listed above. For information about other programs at the college, visit us on the web at www.robeson.edu or call 910-272-3342.
Dennis Watts is a spokesman for Robeson Community College.