Student Stories

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RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

First Name: Ariel

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

My name is Ariel, I am 22 years old and recently married. Sports are a major part in my life, I played a year of college softball at Belmont Abbey College before deciding I wanted to become a nurse. I am a huge Atlanta Braves, Tar Heels, and Carolina Panthers fan and I also enjoy playing fantasy baseball and football.

I have wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little kid. My dad is a volunteer firefighter and my mom has been a nurse for twenty years, so you could say wanting to help people is in my blood. I have always asked my mom questions about her life as a nurse and it has always excited me to know that was going to be my future. After graduating the RIBN program, I hope to continue furthering my education by either becoming a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program because I wanted to experience the hands on clinical approach of a community college’s nursing program while at the same time, receive the institutionalized learning of a university.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite aspect of the RIBN program is having a tight-knit support system you are with for the four years you are in the program.

 

RIBN Region: Centralina          

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

First Name: Brittany 

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2018

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I am in my 7th semester of college and I finally will begin the nursing clinical classes in the fall of 2014. I have a 2 ½ year old daughter that I had when I was 18 which set me back a lot with school and obtaining a degree. I am currently employed at CMC- Pineville and have been working as a Healthcare Technician on a Med-Surg unit for about 6 months. I plan on going to NNP school at East Carolina University after getting a BSN and working in the NICU.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

 I was put on the waiting list for the ADN program so I decided a different route to get a BSN. I couldn’t afford to go to a 4 year university to get a BSN so I had to take smaller steps and the CRIBN program gave me the opportunity to get where I need to be without spending so much money.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

 I like the fact that I am automatically accepted into the RN-BSN program and I don’t have to apply again and risk not being accepted. I also like that I can work on the BSN prerequisites while working towards the ADN.

  

RIBN Region:  Centralina

Home Community College:  Gaston Community College

University:  University North Carolina Charlotte

First Name:  Cora

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2016

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I am 20 years old and a graduate of East Gaston High School.  My mother is a Registered Nurse and it has been my dream to be a nurse since Iwas very small.  My parents tell me about times when Iwas small and had "triage" areas in my home and even our vehicles . I had IV poles and emergency units set up everywhere.   Nursing is a dream that I intend to fulfill soon.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I was very excited to learn that Iwas able to go a local college in my area, commute to college and that it would be much more affordable for my parents .

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

I really enjoy being able to be part of a group that I can study with and we all have a common goal.  I really enjoy being able to get the full "BSN" experience while being home in the evenings also.

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Carolina’s College of Health Sciences

University: UNCC

First Name: Hannah

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to interact and help people everyday. It  wasn't until my mother was diagnosed with cancer, that I recognized I wanted to become a nurse. Several nurses that took care of my mom, also took the time to make sure my younger brother and I were as comfortable as possible. One day I would like to have this kind of impact on not only patients, but their families as well. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

The most appealing aspects of the RIBN program were the ability to earn my BSN at a lower cost, experience both a small college environment as well as a large university, and having guaranteed admission into the University's competitive nursing program. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My classmates! It is so nice to have a small group of fellow classmates that are going through the exact same courses and experiences that you are. Even though I am a first-year student in the program, I have already formed many strong friendships that I hope to keep for a lifetime!

 

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

First Name: Heaven

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

My name is Heaven.  I am a wife, and I am also a mother of a 2 year old son. There were many experiences that influenced my decision to go into nursing. I knew I wanted to go into something medical all through high school, but medical classes either were too difficult to get into or were not  available to me when I graduated from high school in 2002. In 2005, I took classes in phlebotomy and microbiology as part of a medical laboratory program, but after working as a lab technician, I realized that particular medical job was not for me. Two years later in 2007, I worked as an Operating Room Transporter  for Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.  As a transporter, I transported patients back and forth from surgery, and later gained on the job training to become a Central Sterile Technician.  My experience working at Saint Joseph East Hospital opened my eyes to the kind of work that nurses do, the benefits of taking care of patients, and this experience made me realize that I wanted to go into the nursing field.

Another influential experience that shaped my nursing decision was the birth of my son. I decided to have a Certified Nurse Midwife oversee my birth experience, and she was competent, knowledgeable, and caring to my family, and made sure matters were attended to. Since then, I started thinking about the type of nurse specialty I wanted to go into.  After working and being away from college for seven years, and realizing that I needed marketable skills and job training, I started  going back to school part time in 2011. I received my Nurse Aide Certification in January of this year, and I have been working part time as  a Home Health Aide at Bayada Home Health since May. I applied to the RIBN program in March, and I am now a full time college student going to Gaston College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I choose the RIBN program over a traditional ADN or BSN program because it's cheaper, and it seemed that the requirements to get into the RIBN program were not as restrictive as the requirements that I witnessed by trying to get into a traditional ADN program. I had already planned on trying to earn my BSN, so it seemed like trying to get into the RIBN program was a nice alternative.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about being in the RIBN program is the sense of common interests, goals, and camaraderie found within the groups that go to the same schools together. I have a close knit group of friends through the RIBN program, and we help each other with studying, exchanging of books, materials, and can spend time together or talk on social media. We all have the shared goals of working towards and earning Registered Nurse licensure and receiving our Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and I feel that those shared goals makes us a stronger, close knit group. 

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: UNC- Charlotte

First Name: (Jessica) Nicole

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I am an adult student. I came to Gaston College in hope of eventually earning a masters' degree in nursing with a concentration in nurse-midwifery.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I initially became interested in the program when I learned that I did not need to take many pre-requisite courses to apply to the program. I later found out that it is also a good bit cheaper than traditional routes.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

The support structure is amazing. There are a lot of benefits to the program; but my favorite thing is that I know I always have someone to turn to if I encounter any issues.

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Carolinas College of Health Sciences

University: University of North Carolina Charlotte

First Name: Lisbeth

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

Well I was denied the entrance to upper division nursing to complete the BSN program of my school. So I decided to look for other alternatives to get where I wanted to be, which no one could convince me to pick another major. I knew nursing was my passion and that’s what I wanted to be. This is where RIBN came along; I applied and successfully was enrolled in the program.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

 I chose RIBN program because it gives you the opportunity to acquire a BSN without worrying about submitting applications to see if you made it into the program. Once you’re in you are in!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

 My favorite thing about being in the RIBN program is that you get to meet a lot of people that are as well passionate about Nursing and helping others.  

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Carolinas College of Health Sciences

University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

First Name: Melissa

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I have known that I wanted to be a nurse since the 7th grade. I loved my school nurse and I was fascinated by biology, gnarly boo boos and broken bones. Which not most 7th graders are, so I decided that nursing was my calling. I’ve been on three medical mission trip to Haiti, which completely changed my life and made me even more sure that the medical field was where I was meant to be. I went to UNCG for my freshman year and was in their pre-nursing program. I loved the school and met great people, but it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. I wanted a more personal experience with my teachers and with other students. So I stumbled upon the CRIBN program while I was on the UNCC nursing website. It was a week before the deadline and decided I was just going to go for it. I rushed to Charlotte to take the TEAS exam and got my application into the CRIBN advisor. I got in, and after talking to my CRIBN advisor I decided to transfer! Becoming a CRIBN student has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love the school, I love the staff, I love the teachers, and I have made a group of friends that I know I will have forever!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the CRIBN program for the intimate classroom setting at CCHS and the passion the school has for all medical professions.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

The top of the line education along with affordability! Meeting with other CRIBN students and being part of the start of something new and big for North Carolina is an exciting feeling! 

 

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Carolina’s College of Health Science

University: UNC Charlotte

First Name: Olivia

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I am from Monroe, North Carolina and I have always been interested in the medical field. My favorite sport is soccer but i also love to ride horses, snowboard, and mountain bike. After needing surgery to repair a broken bone sustained in a soccer game I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a CRNA.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

This program suited my needs best because I can quickly get my ADN and gain experience while I get my BSN.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

 I really like how the advisors seem to really care about our education and are always willing to help out when needed.

 

RIBN Region: Centralina                                                                                                                                     

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: UNCC

First Name: Sean

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

After high school, I earned my culinary arts degree and couldn’t find any worth-while employment after graduation. I spent a year or so bouncing between different lifeguarding jobs before deciding I wanted to change my career path and go into nursing. I explored all my options from a community college level ADN program all the way to various university level BSN programs. Eventually I stumbled upon the RIBN program and began talking to the advisor about it and eventually settled on it because of everything it offered!

I chose the RIBN program because it would enable me to get my BSN without the weighty cost of going to a full four year university and it gave me the ability to immediately get into an ADN program without having to be wait-listed. Overall, the cost differential will allow me to pay for most of my education myself so that I can graduate with little to no loans and in as short of a time as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite part about the RIBN program is the structure. It feels like I am on the fast track to being out in the field, working as a nurse. 

RIBN Region: Centralina

Home Community College: Gaston College

University: UNC Charlotte

First Name: Shannon

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2016  

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose RIBN instead of ADN because I knew I wanted a bachelors degree but at the time it was not feasible for me to drop everything and attend a four year university fulltime.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

The camaraderie between the few of us that were chosen to be in this program.

RIBN Region: Centralina

First Name: Sarah

TELL US YOUR STORY:

My name is Sarah, and I’m a proud CRIBN student! I first became interested in being a nurse when my cousin was in Levine’s Children’s Hospital after being born seven weeks early and born with a heart valve defect. The nurses were very kind and friendly, and I admired them. I have many ambitions with my dream of being a nurse. The Emergency Room has the fast-paced atmosphere that I love, but the Pediatric field would give me the contact with children that I admired the nurses at Levine’s for.

My ultimate goal is to be a Physician’s Assistant in either the Emergency Room or Pediatric Oncology. If possible, I would love to pursue being a member of Guardian Flight, which is a medical jet that services Alaska for emergency and non-emergency flights all over the state.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose CRIBN because of financial reasons and because being guaranteed a seat in the nursing programs put me at an advantage for graduating before those pursuing nursing via the traditional route. Instead of spending my time worrying about the TEAS and getting into the nursing program,

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

I am more focused on my studies and learning skills that will help me during nursing school, such as how to study proficiently. Personally, I love the fact that with CRIBN I have been put with a group of people that will be taking the same classes as me and I know that they are as determined and focused as I am. 
 

RIBN Region: Eastern North Carolina

Home Community College: Lenoir Community College       

University: East Carolina University              

First Name: Caroline 

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I heard about the RIBN program in the fall of my senior year of high school. I had just decided that I really wanted to be a nurse and was searching for schools with nursing programs. East Carolina is known for its nursing school and is only an hour from my house so I was pretty set on going there. However, when I heard the benefits of the RIBN program I started to rethink my decision of going straight to a four year school. When I realized I could still be a pirate, work on my BSN, and be paying tuition to a community college instead of a university, I was hooked.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

The RIBN program offers direct acceptance into a BSN program. Once you are accepted into RIBN you do not have to deal with the stress of getting into nursing school like most students. Also the RIBN program allows you to take intense classes such as anatomy at the community college where you are in a smaller class and are given more one on one attention from the professor.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

The fact that I am getting my degree from ECU but I am saving my parents tons of money. Also I really enjoy being able to work on my BSN but at the community college. I really feel that my professors care about me and that I am not just a number, which may have been the case at a university.

RIBN Region: Eastern

University: East Carolina University              

First Name: Julie

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2018

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program because it is a more affordable way to achieve my BSN. Paying community college tuition for a majority of the time is much more practical for me financially. Growing up in a small town, I was used to small class sizes and the thought of going to a traditional, major university, with 400+ students in class was scary to me. With RIBN, I am able to be more comfortable in smaller classes, while also developing the responsibly it takes to balance two colleges at once. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about the RIBN Program is that I get to attend two of the best nursing schools around my hometown. As a student, I get the hands-on approach that community colleges are known for, while also receiving the prestige and knowledge from a major university. RIBN students really get the best of both worlds!

RIBN Region: Eastern 

Home Community College: Pitt Community College       

University: East Carolina University              

First Name: Patrixia

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2019

TELL US YOUR STORY:

I am from the Philippines and I migrated to the US for a better future because there are more opportunities for me here. I have been living in NC for 7 years now but I am still very connected to my roots and culture. I attended and graduated from South Central High in Winterville. I heard about the RIBN program when they came to my school and had a table/booth set up in the cafeteria. Also since I was in the Health Sciences Academy, I heard bits of information about the program. My dad passed away when I was 5 years old and I think that had an impact in me choosing nursing as my career. There are no nurses in my family and I plan to be the first one to become a successful nurse. I am very kind to everyone around me and I like to help people out and see the best in each of them. In the nursing career, I would be able to help and inspire my patients

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

After learning the advantages of the RIBN program, it made it easier for me to make a decision to apply for it. I knew that getting into the nursing school if I had taken the regular BSN program would be very difficult because you are competing with other aspiring nurses. With RIBN, not only is it a more affordable way for me to attain a degree in nursing, it's also "time-friendly" because a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing could be achieved within 4 years 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about being a RIBN student besides its affordability and convenience is having the chance to become successful with the other RIBN students in my county and having a support system behind me. The administrator and advisers involved with the program are all helpful and I'm grateful for them for being dedicated to students like us.

RIBN Region: Hickory

Home Community College: Catawba Valley Community College       

University: Lenoir-Rhyne University              

First Name: Cindy

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY

My grandmother and my mother have been employed at LRU for a large portion of my life. Both women being huge role models to me, I was set on LRU as my choice for my college education. However, the high cost of tuition was going to be a problem for me. My grandmother mentioned the RIBN program to me one night and, not long after that, my allied health class in school got a visit from a RIBN representative. I knew afterwards that God was nudging me toward what would become an amazing adventure in my life.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

As I mentioned before, I knew the tuition for my dream school would be pretty far out of my reach and I knew I wanted to get my BSN in a timely manner. The RIBN program was like the best of both worlds. I could still go to LRU and get my BSN quickly, while saving a ton of money and time.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My absolute favorite thing about the RIBN program is the endless support that is constantly there, not only from faculty and the older RIBN students, but also from the amazing friends you gain while in this program. I have made four of the closest friends I’ve ever had through this program and I can always go to them for emotional, physical, and especially spiritual support. This is the most priceless thing about RIBN to me. 

RIBN Region: Hickory

Home Community College: Catawba Valley Community College       

University: Lenoir-Rhyne University              

First Name: Norma

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2018

TELL US YOUR STORY

RIBN came as a gift to my life because even at the end of my junior year of high school I wasn’t sure what I would be doing after graduating high school. I was accepted into the pre-nursing program for a university that I really liked, but besides not wanting to end up drowning in debt, I decided I wasn’t ready to be 2 and ½ hours away from home. I stumbled upon information on RIBN in the guidance office while making a quick stop due to my internship. I really liked how the program was set up, so I applied and anxiously waited to see if I would be accepted. I was very happy when I received a letter of acceptance into the Hickory collaborative RIBN program.

I’m not the typical person who knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was young. The idea of helping others had always been there, but I went from wanting to be a veterinarian, to a lawyer, to an accountant, and finally to a nurse. God placed the desire of becoming a nurse my junior year of high school. My senior year, I was given the opportunity to do an internship at Catawba Valley Medical Center in the NICU. I was very pleased with this opportunity. It only reassured me that nursing was my true calling. I’m not completely sure what path I will take as far as my specialty because there are just so many options, but I know that through clinical and prayer I will get an answer as to where I should be when the time comes to make a decision.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program over an ADN program because I already knew that I wanted to go beyond that degree, so going for a traditional program seemed like I would be slowing myself down. I also chose it over a traditional BSN program because I knew I wanted to start working and getting experience as soon as I could and I knew that a four-year program would not give me that chance. In RIBN, you start working after your third year and then you continue to take classes to finish and earn the BSN degree. I knew I wanted to earn my BSN degree, so when I found out I could start working on that while I was still working on my ADN degree, I was hooked on the program. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

There are so many great things that come from being in this program, but my favorite is the bond that you form with the other people in the program. If you go to the planned events, get each other’s numbers, and spend some time with the other people in the program, you are bound to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Being able to talk to others that are going through the exact same situation as myself is amazing during the stressful times I have endured as a nursing student. 

RIBN Region: Hickory

Home Community College: Catawba Valley

University: Lenoir-Rhyne University

First Name: Rachel

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2016

TELL US YOUR STORY:

Growing up with four siblings and being homeschooled first through twelfth grade, I had at one time aspired to be a teacher. As I grew older, though, I felt the Lord was calling me to nursing, particularly medical mission work overseas to underdeveloped countries. This dream seemingly died in June of 2013 when I failed nursing school at CVCC. Although I could not see it at the time, I knew that God was using what appeared to be a disaster for good in my life. I accepted the opportunity to re-enroll in CVCC's nursing program in the spring of 2014, but wanted to take BSN courses in the meantime. I met with the RIBN coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne University who began to plan a schedule of standard BSN courses for me to take. All of a sudden, she stopped herself and searched through the folders in her laptop until she found one titled "RIBN". She proceeded to inform me about the RIBN program and its benefits. Although the deadline to register had already passed, she told me that I had a couple of days to think about it and to let her know as soon as possible. I, of course, seized this golden opportunity and that is how my journey with RIBN began.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program over a standard BSN program for two primary reasons. First of all, the tuition cost is dramatically lower than the regular rate at Lenoir-Rhyne University. We are only required to take one class at the university per semester until the last year, which makes the program very affordable. My family is not extremely wealthy, so I pay my own way through college. I am currently in my Junior year and have no debt at all! I will have my associate's degree in the spring of 2015, so I will be able to take the NCLEX and work as a nurse during my senior year at LRU to help offset the cost.

Secondly, I chose the RIBN program because it will provide me with a BSN degree only one year after I graduate with my ADN, while most ADN to BSN programs are at least a year and a half long. At first, I wondered if the course load would be overwhelming, but only one university course per semester had proven quite manageable.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

It is difficult for me to choose just one part of RIBN as my favorite; the program has been a blessing to me in so many ways. I have already discussed the significant tuition discount and brief transition to a bachelor's degree. Another thing I enjoy about the RIBN program is the concise class layout. Before each semester, I meet with my RIBN coordinator and she advises me as to which classes I should register for. Lastly, I enjoy the fellowship with the other RIBN students in my class at CVCC. We are able to encourage one another as we strive together toward the same goal.

In conclusion, I strongly encourage any nursing student to consider the RIBN program; I cannot think of a more affordable way to graduate with a BSN degree. I truly have no regrets about joining RIBN.

RIBN Region: Hickory

Home Community College: Mitchell Community College       

University: Lenoir-Rhyne University              

First Name: Sierra

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

WHAT YEAR ARE YOU IN?:

I am beginning my junior year of the 2017 RIBN cohort. I am beginning my second year of nursing school at Mitchell Community College.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

The reason I chose to join the RIBN program was because of the awesome benefits that the RIBN program offers. My dream school was Lenoir-Rhyne, but I did not have the money to go there full time. The RIBN program gave me the opportunity to graduate as a Lenoir-Rhyne Bear and not have the debt that I would have had if I would have went there full-time. Another reason I decided to join the RIBN program is because my final year I will be able to work as an RN. The opportunities are endless with the RIBN program and I would not have changed my decision.

YOU RECEIVED THE LILLIE NORKET SCHOLARSHIP.  DESCRIBE THE SCHOLARSHIP.

The Lillie Norket scholarship is through the Davis Regional Medical Center. It is awarded to prestigious students who are seeking a career in the medical field. The amount of the scholarship varies between the amount of students selected and the funding available. I have been awarded this scholarship for the past three years, and it has helped me cover the cost of the Lenoir-Rhyne tuition.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY?

I first heard about this scholarship through my high-school guidance counselor. I applied for it when I was a senior and was awarded the scholarship. Each year I am able to renew my application and reapply for the scholarship for the four years I am in college. I am not guaranteed that I will receive it every time, but I have been fortunate enough to have it renewed for the past two years.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN NURSING?

The advice I would give to students interested in nursing would be to look at your options. There are many different pathways to take to obtain your nursing license. Decide what is important to you and what college will fit your needs. Nursing school is very challenging and time consuming. There will be many people trying to get you down and discourage you from nursing school. With that being said, do not give up. If nursing is your passion, then go for it, and do not let anyone convince you to change your dreams.

RIBN Region: Triangle-Triad

Home Community College: Forsyth Tech       

University: Winston-Salem University              

First Name: Sarah

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2018

TELL US YOUR STORY

I absolutely love RIBN! It has been such a pleasure to have an advisor to help transition you from high school to college. I have also gained some great friends from RIBN which helps a lot. Since there is only 10 people selected every year for this amazing opportunity, it really makes the group close knit and depend on each other for things. I also love the setup of the program because it is fast paced and I will be able to work as a nurse after my third year of college! 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I originally was planning on going to WSSU full time, but then I kept hearing everyone talk about RIBN. Susan, my advisor, came and spoke at my high school and I finally committed to applying, and I got in! It has been a smooth transition and was very easy to follow. Another reason that I chose RIBN over a standard BSN program was once I was accepted into RIBN, I was in the Nursing program. Some BSN programs make you take prerequisites and then apply for the Nursing program and some people have to wait around for years! It is really nice to be secure in knowing you’re in the program no matter what.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about the RIBN program is having my friends support me and working as a team to accomplish our goals. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my advisors and my teachers. I also enjoy the meetings we have as a group so we can discuss how the semester is going and how the program can be better for other people. 

RIBN Region: Western NC (WNC)

Home Community College: AB-Tech

University: Western Carolina University

First Name: Grisell

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2017

TELL US YOUR STORY:

After working as an EMT for 5 years there is no doubt medicine and patient care is where my heart is. I love the change in scenery, knowing no two days are alike, and helping people through some of their most troubling times. I reached a point, however, where I craved more responsibility and a deeper understanding of diseases and their processes; that’s when I began entertaining the idea of nursing school. For me it seemed like a natural progression.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program mostly due to cost and convenience. I know that most institutions are moving towards requiring a BSN for their RNs so I knew what I wanted. My community college is close to home and financially the RIBN program was better fit than the traditional BSN program.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about the RIBN program is the opportunities. I have to meet other RIBN students that are ahead of me in the program and being able to ask about their experiences and talk about any pointers they may have. I never feel like I am alone in this program. 

RIBN Region: Western NC (WNC)

Home Community College: Isothermal

University: Western Carolina University

First Name: Rachel

Year of graduation from RIBN: 2018

TELL US YOUR STORY:

When I was five years old my mother was in nursing school and as I watched her study and flipped through her textbooks I knew that I too wanted to be nurse. She went through the associate degree program at Isothermal Community College and still talks about how great the program was. I wanted to be in the same program she was in but I also knew I needed to get my bachelor's degree so when I heard about RIBN I knew it was the program for me. The program has so many great qualities including the community college tuition for the first three years, the ability to stay in my home town, the opportunity to get a job after the third year, and the guarantee that you can complete the program in four years unlike other universities where you have to apply after the second year with the possibility of not getting in. RIBN has everything I was looking for and I am so glad that I am able to be apart of it!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN ADN OR STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

After graduating high school I knew that I wanted to remain near home but still achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The RIBN program allows me to stay at my home school for three years and then commute to Western Carolina’s campus in Asheville for the fourth year. The RIBN program is also very affordable when compared with other traditional programs. I had looked at other programs and when compared the RIBN program was obviously the best financial decision for me. Not to mention RIBN is such a unique opportunity and the program allows its students to get a nursing education at the community college and university level.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about the RIBN program is the sense of community within my class of RIBN students. This year I am the only RIBN student from my home community college, but in no way do I feel alone. At our orientation I got to meet RIBN students from all over Western North Carolina and we were given ways to stay in contact all throughout our program. We have homepages within our university web site and also have exchanged contact information. I know that even though we may not be physically together I will always be able to reach out for help, questions, or friendships. The RIBN program can help so many different people for so many different reasons. It is a rigorous yet flexible program that allows an opportunity to achieve a four year nursing degree to those who may have not been able to achieve it otherwise. All of the RIBN staff take special interest in the students, believe in the students, and make sure that they have everything they need to be successful and to become nurses that will enhance the health care field wherever they choose to serve. I am honored to be a part of this program and I look forward to watching it grow in the future.

RIBN Region: Wilmington

Home Community College: Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC

University: UNC-Wilmington

University: Julia

Year of Graduation from RIBN: 2017

Tell us your story:

I graduated with my first bachelor’s degree in 2012 Community Health Education. I swore up and down that I would never go back to school. But then I heard about the RIBN program and something about it got my interest. Over about a 6 month period, I realized how much I would be able to do if I combined my education I already had with the education I would receive through this program. With the support of my husband I began to look into the application process and became more and more excited about what I could accomplish through RIBN. By the time I graduate I will have two children, one starting kindergarten, and one still in pre-school. I am excited for them to grow up watching their mother continuing her education, and for them to be able to watch me graduate with my nursing degree.

Why did you choose the RIBN program instead of an A.D.N o a standard BSN program?

I chose RIBN because it had everything I needed to fit into my life. The first degree gave me the opportunity to get the few pre-requisite classes out of the way while staying home for the most part with my son and be able to have my daughter before enrolling full-time in nursing classes, and therefore not having to take any time out of the program.

What is your favorite thing about being in the RIBN program?

My favorite thing about being is how organized everything is about your program. There is freedom to take prerequisite classes before staring full-time nursing classes and so it is really up to the individual how full of a schedule they are going to have, as opposed to traditional A.D.N or BSN programs where you have a set schedule for the length of the program with very little room to make it fit to your life. 

RIBN REGION: WILMINGTON

Home Community College: Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC

University: UNC-Wilmington

First Name: Keri

Year of Graduation from RIBN: 2017

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE RIBN PROGRAM INSTEAD OF AN A.D.N O A STANDARD BSN PROGRAM?

I chose the RIBN program because I am an older, non-traditional student and really wanted o complete my BSN in a way that was accessible and affordable for me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE RIBN PROGRAM?

My favorite thing about being in the RIBN program is the small size and the camaraderie with our advisor and fellow students.

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.