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Paying for Nursing School

Sumner College understands that every student’s financial situation is unique. Our financial aid department can provide you with more information about Oregon financial aid options and show you how to apply for financial assistance.

If you have not already done so, it is important for you to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and schedule a time to meet with a Financial Aid Representative prior to enrollment. During your appointment, we can help you find and apply for financial aid. We can also help you find out what you are qualified for and what kind of loans will be needed.

Many of the specific eligibility requirements to gain and retain Federal Aid eligibility can be found in the publications provided by the U.S. Department of Education and on their websites at studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility. Many of these booklets, brochures, pamphlets, applications and other consumer information available at the Campus Financial Aid Offices.

If you are not sure how to fill out the FAFSA, the Financial Aid department at Sumner College will assist you with the application. Complete your Electronic Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling for student loans at studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.

School Code for Sumner College: 014581

New YOU in 2022! Medical Assisting Program | Sumner College Portland and Arizona

Pursue opportunities in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, medical clinics and more…

Dream It. Do It. Sumner College’s 7.5 month medical assisting program provides you with the training and expertise to start a new career working in the healthcare industry.

Searching for a new YOU in 2022? Sumner College is the place. Enroll in the Medical Assisting program this week and you could finish before fall.

Dream It. Do It! Advance your career at Sumner College

You dreamed that someday you’d work in the medical field – It’s time to take the next step!

Sumner College is enrolling for classes in Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting and RN to BSN. Visit our program pages to learn about each program and apply today!

 

 

 

 

The Value of A BSN

recent article in Nurse Journal noted that while an associate degree “can qualify one to become an RN in most states, earning a BSN will often bring higher pay and better job options.” Many healthcare employers are now requiring RNs to have BSNs for certain positions, like ICU nurse or surgical nurse.

At Sumner College, if you are a registered nurse wanting to advance your career and your education, the RN to BSN Program is a great option for you. Our program is offered 100% online and can be completed in just 13 months, allowing you to work while you pursue your educational goals.

Learn more by visiting Sumner College RN to BSN.

Now Hiring – Nurse Educators

Sumner College is urgently hiring for a Nurse Educator with a Master’s degree and a Nurse Educator Associate with a Bachelor’s degree.

Job postings below:

Title: Nurse Educator 

Supervisor: Department Chair

Job Summary:

The Nurse Educator will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person will also be responsible for evaluating students and giving feedback to students on how they are progressing in the program. The Nurse Educator will be a motivated and dedicated teacher who will stay current on the latest nursing research and communicate this information to students.

Requirements:

  • Unencumbered Oregon RN license
  • Master’s degree in Nursing
  • At least 3 years nursing experience
  • Ability to engage students in active learning and critical thinking
  • Excellent communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Delivers curriculum as outlined in provided syllabus
  • Engages students by creating and maintain a safe and encouraging learning environment
  • Documents student’s attendance, participation, and post grade in accordance with college policy
  • Provides timely and constructive feedback
  • Utilize multi-media equipment and software for communication and teaching
  • Support the delivery of the College mission, vision, program, and course outcomes
  • Participate in curriculum evaluation and planning
  • Full-time faculty participate in faculty meetings and college committees
  • Meet in-service and professional development requirements
  • Maintain knowledge of and adhere to the Board of Nursing Chapter 851 Division 21 Standards for Approval: Nursing Faculty
  • Other duties as assigned by the department head

Email Lisa Jameson ljameson@sumnercollege.edu in HR for more information.

Or apply online with Linked In 

 

Title: Nurse Educator Associate

Supervisor: Department Chair

Job Summary:

The Nurse Educator will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person will also be responsible for evaluating students and giving feedback to students on how they are progressing in the program. The Nurse Educator will be a motivated and dedicated teacher who will stay current on the latest nursing research and communicate this information to students.

Requirements:

  • Unencumbered Oregon RN license
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
  • At least 3 years nursing experience
  • Ability to engage students in active learning and critical thinking
  • Excellent communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Delivers curriculum as outlined in provided syllabus
  • Engages students by creating and maintain a safe and encouraging learning environment
  • Documents student’s attendance, participation, and post grade in accordance with college policy
  • Provides timely and constructive feedback
  • Utilize multi-media equipment and software for communication and teaching
  • Support the delivery of the College mission, vision, program, and course outcomes
  • Participate in curriculum evaluation and planning
  • Full-time faculty participate in faculty meetings and college committees
  • Meet in-service and professional development requirements
  • Maintain knowledge of and adhere to the Board of Nursing Chapter 851 Division 21 Standards for Approval: Nursing Faculty
  • Other duties as assigned by the department head

Contact Lisa Jameson ljameson@sumnercollege.edu in HR for more information.

Or apply online with Linked In 

Hiring – Medical Assistant Instructor (Full Time with Benefits)

Title: Medical Assisting Instructor (Full Time with Benefits)

Supervisor: Medical Assisting Program Director

Job Summary Medical Assistant Instructor:

The Medical Assisting Instructor will teach classes for the medical assisting program. As an instructor you will assist in developing curriculum, grading examinations, answering student questions and training students to be the best in their career. Through support and coaching, the instructor will promote and direct successful student learning. While complying with all state and federal laws.

Requirements Medical Assistant instructor:

  • Must have MA certification/diploma
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Medical Assistant
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, curriculum, and education programs, academic and/or vocational criteria

Duties and Responsibilities Medical Assistant instructor:

  • Have a strong understanding of topics to be taught and prepare well for lectures.
  • Creates a learning environment that encourages student involvement and participation
  • Participates in and contributes to curriculum development by planning, developing, and evaluating new and existing courses and curriculum.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Integrates a variety of instructional techniques and enhancements, consistent with the physical resources of the teaching site, to reflect student needs/capabilities, and learning preferences.
  • Prepares class sessions and assignments to help students grasp course content and how it integrates with overall student learning outcomes for the course.
  • Teaches courses according to the syllabi descriptions and in accordance with defined course standards and outcomes.
  • Documents students’ attendance, participation, and academic progress by giving and grading assignments, projects, quizzes and/or examinations that lead to a final grade, including feedback.
  • Maintains and disseminates current information pertaining to services available to students throughout the school.
  • Continued professional development and certification requirements.
  • Performs other responsibilities requested by supervisor when requested.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior-office work environment or lab.
  • Normally seated, standing or walking at will; requires ability to bend, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Push/pull, Reach/Work Overhead
  • Good manual dexterity, use of fingers and both arms
  • Able to stand while performing work, able to sit when performing work duties
  • Able to stand while performing work, able to sit when performing work duties
  • Good eye hand coordination

Job Type: Full-time

To apply, contact Lisa Jameson, Human Resource Manager ljameson@sumnercollege.edu

Happy New Year 2022

Cheers to a New Year and New Opportunities.

Happy New Year 2022 from Sumner College

A neonatal critical care nurse’s story

In the almost 40 years Rosie Warr has worked as a nurse, more than half of her Christmas Days have been spent at work looking after the little lives of those too young to look after themselves.

The critical care nurse and midwife will co-ordinate the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Flinders Medical Centre on Christmas Day.

Putting aside visits from Santa, Christmas decorations and corridors filled with visiting children, each Christmas Day she has worked holds a very special place in Ms Warr’s heart.

“You have to remember that for all of our babies and their families, this is their first Christmas,” Ms Warr said.

She begins to smile as she describes the activities which unravel on the ward as Christmas Day begins.

Babies are dressed in Christmas outfits or covered with festively decorated quilts and nurses create Christmas cards with the footprints of each baby stamped inside.

“Father Christmas comes, and that is chaos because the siblings and all of the brothers and sisters of the babies come in,” Ms Warr said.

Image Credit -Premature baby Jaxon Beimans in his Christmas outfit and blanket.(ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)

Article Shared from ABC News 

 

 

When Everyone Else is Off: Coping With Nursing Holiday Hours

Article shared from Monster

It’s just doesn’t seem fair, working holidays when “most people” have the day off. But “most people” aren’t a nurse, like you, with a singular set of remarkable characteristics that makes you so good at what you do.

Everyone’s first year of nursing when working holidays can be tough, says Allana Covi, a registered nurse for six years working in trauma and ICU in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a supervisor now, Covi says scheduling is done by committee at her unionized facility, where most schedules are 12 hours, with some being eight hours.

In her workplace, Thanksgiving scheduling “pairs” with July 4, Memorial Day with Christmas, and Labor Day with New Year’s.  “You could end up working Christmas and New Year’s one year, then the next year, you’re off,” she says. “Nurses generally work a set number of holidays each year.”

“You don’t go into nursing thinking you’ll have every holiday off,” confirms Tara Tehan, a nurse director on the job and president of the American Nurses Association Massachusetts. “The hospital or institution usually sets dates considered ‘holidays.’ Each unit develops guidelines for how holidays will be covered. In a union environment, schedules may be influenced by seniority.”

If you’re wondering about those non-Christian holidays, Covi says “We make special arrangements for folks who celebrate holidays other than the Christian ones. Those holidays are accommodated on a case-by-case basis.”

Tehan adds that although she has no personal experience, “I would think nurses who are celebrating other holidays besides Christian holidays probably switch among peers, and that’s not usually rotated.  They might actually have an easier time getting holidays off.”

Every place is different

In nursing, it’s definitely different holiday strokes for different folks, depending upon where you work, say nurses who responded to us on the AllNurses.com forum. For example:

  • “We have Group A and Group B assigned to every other major holiday and the next year it switches. So unless you volunteer to work, you don’t work both Thanksgiving and Christmas in the same year. But if you are off the holiday—for me on night shift, it’s the night before—you are typically scheduled the night of.”
  • “Holidays are the same as any other day, my regular schedule. If the holiday falls on your regular day to work, you work.”
  • “EVERYONE works every other weekend and every other holiday.”
  • “In our hospital everyone has to work every other weekend, regardless of whether a holiday falls on your day or not. We self-schedule, but the supervisor has final say and people must take turns with holidays, unless they opt out. Some do. All nurses are equal, regardless of tenure.”
  • “If the holiday falls on your regular day to work, you work. The policy to rotate holidays hasn’t ever been enforced so I don’t even know if it is a policy anymore.”

Make your own holiday magic

Try these tips to make your holidays meaningful, no matter where or how you spend them.

Don’t fight but switch

If Christmas doesn’t mean much to you—maybe you want to take a trip instead of opening presents around the tree—find someone for whom it does and trade, suggests Covi. “Let Scheduling know, and usually as long as ‘the numbers’ of staff match on paper, they’ll usually be fine.”

Expect light leadership coverage

Senior leadership may not be there, but know how to reach them if and when you need to. “I can text or call any time, day or night,” Covi says.

Face the family music

“Families also have trouble wrapping their heads around this,” Covi says. “Finally, my family really got it—that I wasn’t going to be around for the holiday. It’s part of maturing in this job, understanding that it’s just part of what you do. Now I don’t even give it a thought.”

At Kaplan, Zurcher says the school sometimes holds open family nights, when topics like holiday work are openly discussed. “It’s especially important when a new nurse has small children,” she says.

Don’t wait for surprises

Holiday schedules are always done in advance, says Zurcher. Find out when yours is done who you’re working with so you have plenty of time to make adjustments like trading or bartering.

Celebrate with your work “family”

Focus on building camaraderie as part of the bigger picture, says Zurcher. “Try to really engage each other and have fun keeping morale up with games like Secret Santa,” she says. “It also helps the shift go by faster.”

Keep it real

Be flexible and adaptable around holidays, just as you are expected to be in general, Zurcher says. If working holidays really bothers you, consider working somewhere besides a 24-hour facility, even if it means moving.

Know it’s not all about you

Remember your mission, says Lombardo. “The nurse plays an important part in creating a happy and blessed atmosphere for patients and their families.”

Don’t forget to check out openings on Monster.com.

photo credit – Monster.com

From Bitter to Blessed – A Nursing Christmas Story

This Christmas story was written by a nurse we’d call Any Nurse. And just like most nurses, she wasn’t too eager to work on Christmas Day. In fact, she dreaded the shift from the moment her alarm clock woke her up.

But just like most nurses, Any Nurse had to go to the hospital. As soon as she started her shift, IV alarms started beeping, call lights were ringing, and pharmacy techs became busy delivering medications.

While she was busy trying to get an IV in one stick on a patient who badly needed a blood transfusion, a code blue was paged. Her heart jumped and skipped a little imagining that someone’s loved one was coding on such a special day.

Down the hall, she saw Valerie. She’s a 2-year old burn patient, a victim of a kitchen accident. Any Nurse hoped that Valerie wouldn’t have any disfiguring scars. Just imagining Valeria at 13 years old and dealing with those scars made her heart hurt. Any Nurse has a 2-year-old kid.

She went on to help Anita, her nursing assistant. They bathe a 76-year-old patient who was admitted with a stroke. The two of them combed the patient’s thinning hair and applied a red lipstick to her lips. With the patient’s garbled speech, she managed to say “Thank you, dear.”

On her way back to the station, Any Nurse answered a call light from a patient who was cold. She went to the supply room and found several blanket warmers. As she gave one to her patient, she saw her smile as the warmth seeped in.

After her shift, Any Nurse felt really excited to go home, share her day with her husband, and cuddle with her healthy kids.

Story and Image credit shared from Nursebuff.com 

 

Season Greetings

May your holidays be full of warmth and cheer.

–Merry Christmas from Sumner College.

Congratulations Arizona Graduates!

Congratulations to the Sumner College Arizona (Formerly East Valley Medical College) December 2021, Phlebotomy Technician graduates. On December 1, 2021 East Valley Medical College become Sumner College Arizona.

Dream It! Do It!

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