Student Success Advocate Profiles

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RIBN REGION: EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (ENC RIBN)

Community Colleges Served:  Beaufort County Community College, College of The Albemarle, Craven Community College,  Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College, and Roanoke-Chowan Community College
University Served:  East Carolina University
First Name:  Kelly
Professional Background:  I completed my BS and MAEd degrees in Elementary Education at East Carolina University and taught first grade for five years. I am currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at East Carolina University.

My next position was in the College of Education at East Carolina University where I worked with interns and practicum students in teacher education. In 2011, I began my role as the Student Success Advocate in the ENC RIBN program. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I chose to be a Student Success Advocate because of the direct contact with students in schools all over Eastern North Carolina. I enjoy being able to see the students grow throughout the program.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

Having a one-on-one relationship with the students and encouraging their progress through the curriculum is rewarding, both personally and professionally.

 

RIBN REGION: HICKORY

Community Colleges Served: Caldwell Tech, Catawba Valley, Mitchell, Western Piedmont, Wilkes
University Served:  Lenoir-Rhyne
First Name:  Jordan
Professional Background: MAEd from East Carolina University, BA from Lenoir-Rhyne University

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2012. I then taught middle school for three years. I thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher, but always felt a calling to be back at Lenoir-Rhyne helping students navigate college. I had wonderful mentors and counselors while at Lenoir-Rhyne, so I wanted to give back. When this position opened up, I knew it was right for me. I am now able to help students from the very early stages of applying to the program all the way to watching them walk across LR’s graduation stage. College can be a very stressful time, so being able to help ease that stress is very rewarding.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

It is going to be increasingly hard for RNs to find a job without BSN degrees. Employers want nurses who have gone the extra mile by taking those higher level classes required in a baccalaureate program. RIBN is an affordable option to help meet the demands of employers seeking nurses with BSN degrees. Students get the benefits of a four-year degree right in their own community. 

  

RIBN REGION: NC PieDMONT 

Community Colleges Served: Davidson County, Guildford Technical, and Vance-Granville

University Served:  North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State
First Name:  Alex

Professional Background: Several years of experience in the areas of academic advising, student services, career assistance, and university admissions/recruiting.  Graduate of Eastern Michigan University with BBA, Syracuse University HRM Certification.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I chose to be a Student Success Advocate because I have a great passion and dedication for helping students achieve their educational, career, and life goals.  I come from a family of medical professionals and understand how important the nursing profession is to our entire world.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about the RIBN program by far is working hand and hand with students and being a part of helping them succeed.  Also, witnessing nursing students realization of their dream turn into reality and begin working as a professional nurse is highly rewarding.

RIBN REGION: NC PIEDMONT 

Community Colleges Served: Guildford Technical
University Served:  North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State
First Name:  Aleta

Professional Background: I obtained my BSN fro UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999.  I have worked as a pediatric nurse, labor and delivery (for the past 13 years), travel nurse, and nurse educator.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I love nursing students and the nursing curriculum!  I love to see students start from various routes and join the field of nursing to bring to reality life long dreams!  It is a passion that every nurse sees the value of continued education.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about RIBN is that with a few previous credits or no college credits, a lot of drive and determination, and the combination of a great nursing program, we can increase the nurmber of BSN prepared nurses.

  

RIBN REGION: Southcentral

Community Colleges Served: Richmond, Robeson, Sandhills, Southeastern
University Served: University of North Carolina - Pembroke
First Name: James
Professional Background: BS Public Health

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I heard about the RIBN Program while completing his undergraduate degree and it seemed like a very attractive program for students who want to earn a BSN. When I saw this position available, I jumped at the chance! Being able to assist the students during their entire four-year journey really appealed to me. The diversity of the duties as a Student Success Advocate was also a huge reason that I took this position. All in one day, I could work with recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and the registrar. This fast-paced and changing role is a welcomed challenege.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite part of the RIBN program is the cost savings that is provides the students. With the RIBN Program, students can spend three out of four years primarily at the community college which equals huge savings! Since RIBN students are Registered Nurses during their fourth year, they are also eligible to work. I truly believe that RIBN is the most cost-effective way of getting a BSN straight out of high school.

 

RIBN REGION: TRIANGLE-TRIAD

Community Colleges Served:  Forsyth Tech Community College
University Served:  Winston-Salem State University
First Name:   Susan
Professional Background:   I received my BSN from Emory University and an MSN from UNC-Charlotte. I have worked in a variety of nursing and nursing-related positions in Georgia, California, and North Carolina.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

I have always had an interest in nursing education and the advantages and disadvantages of the different options available.  This position allows me to participate in building a new pathway that incorporates many of the strengths of the traditional ADN, BSN, and diploma programs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

RIBN provides an opportunity to students that might not otherwise be able to pursue a nursing education or complete a 4-year degree.  Our first students will start next Fall, and I am very much looking forward to working with them over the next few years.

ribn region: western north carolina (wnc)

Community Colleges Served: A-B Tech CC, Blue Ridge CC
University Served: Western Carolina University
First Name: Carol
Professional Background: Bachelor degree in math, math instruction for 7 years, 2 years general academic advising

Why did you choose to be a Student Success Advocate?

I really enjoy advising and student mentoring. Being a RIBN adviser is the best of these worlds.

What is your favorite thing about the RIBN program?

I really love getting to know the students, from when they apply until they get into the program. They become like family to me and also to each other. There are cycles of activity throughout the year, from the application period, advising, recruiting, conferences, professional development…there is never a dull moment in this position.

I especially appreciate the support of faculty, staff and the administrative team for RIBN. Being a RIBN adviser has been the best career I’ve ever had, hands down!

 

RIBN REGION: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WNC)

Community Colleges Served: Foothills Nursing Consortium - ICC Administrative Unit 
University Served: Western Carolina University 
First Name: Trisa 
Professional Background: Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma in Nursing; University of South Carolina & Spartanburg General Hospital, Family Nurse Practitioner; University of South Carolina, BSN; Appalachian State University, Masters of Arts in Adult Eduction & Administration. Served in direct patient care are as a staff nurse for Med.Surg, ICU & ED, FNP for ED, for 10 years total. Served as Nursing Education Coordinator for acute care 7.5 years (Cleveland Regional Medical Center). Served as Director of Education for acute care 12.5 years (Spartanburg Regional Medical Center)

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

After I retired from being a full time faulty member, I realized that I still wanted to be involved in student learning and the progress of the nursing profession in some way.  This job became available at just the right time.  I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for a student in our community college system to receive a generic BSN at a reasonable cost. This is something I would  have chosen for myself if given the opportunity when I began my career.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

I enjoy being able to share RIBN information with students who may not have thought a generic BSN doable for themselves. I also enjoy the watching successes of the students as they follow this path. To observe those small "ah ha" I did it moments of success is very rewarding, because I can see them weekly.

RIBN REGION: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WNC)

Community Colleges Served: South Western Community College
University Served:  Western Carolina University
First Name:  Linda
Professional Background: RN, BSN, MHSA

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A STUDENT SUCCESS ADVOCATE?

Formerly taught nursing students in Florida at the Community College Level

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE RIBN PROGRAM?

Talking with students who want to become nurses because they truly care to help others. 

 

RIBN Region: Wilmington

Community Colleges Served: Cape Fear Community College and Sampson Country Community College
University Served: University of North Carolina Wilmington
First Name: Erin
Professional Background: Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with BSN. I worked at NHRMC from 2005 to 2011 in Adult Inpatient Surgical Unit for 6 years as staff RN, charge RN and chair of Unit Based Practice Council for the last year. I then transferred in 2011 to the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit where I am still working part time.

Why did you choose to be a Student Success Advocate?

A co-worker at NHRMC told me about the position. After looking into RIBN and its vision, I knew this was a position I wanted to be in. It’s perfect right now because I can work part time as an RN at NHRMC and also work part time as RIBN advisor with the Wilmington region.

I have a love for nursing, it’s something I’ve wanted to be since I was a child… so to encourage others to go to nursing school is not even a job for me - it’s sharing my passion!

What is your favorite thing about the RIBN program?

My favorite part of the RIBN program is that you can obtain the exact same credentials (RN, BSN) from the exact same University for the exact same amount of time and not only pay $13,000 less, but also get to work as an RN a year earlier and bring in an income that 4th year. I love seeing the look on the student’s faces when I tell them this information!

 

The Foundation for Nursing Excellence coordinated the RIBN project from 2008-2016 with financial support from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers.