LPN Students Recognized for Excellence

Pictured are Angelica Rivera (l), Instructor Tammy Parrella (c), and Ashley Layne (r)
After four years of working for the New York Police Department, Ashley Layne decided that it was time for a change. She and her son headed south and joined her parents in Brunswick County, NC. “I worked at the Detention Center as an officer for a while but knew that I wanted more. I wanted a career field that would enable me to work anywhere and where there were lots of jobs. I enrolled in the LPN Program at BCC and I am so glad.”
It quickly became clear that when Ashley puts her mind to something, she goes all out. Over the holidays, she was interviewed and hired for a pilot LPN Operating Room program sponsored by Carolinas Medical Center and One Day Surgery Center Surgical Services in Charlotte, NC. “The assistant VP came to speak with my students about this opportunity back in November,” said Instructor Tammy Parrella. “She was extremely impressed with our practical nursing students so when Ashley applied, I wasn’t surprised that she was selected. She is a remarkable student who plans to further her nursing career as a Nurse Esthetician. The opportunity to work in an operating room will only strengthen her skills as she continues her career.” While she ultimately wants to work in a hospital or in med surgical and then move on to become a Registered Nurse, Ashley is grateful to her instructors and looks forward to graduating from the program in May. Classmate Angelica Rivera agrees and was recently honored by the VFW Post 543 with two scholarships totaling $2,500. “Angelica is the first nursing student to ever receive this award,” said Instructor Parrella. “It is so well deserved.”
Angelica is a single mom of two and says that she enrolled in the LPN program to make a better life for her and her children. “I went to school and worked full time right up until this last semester, so these scholarships could not come at a better time,” said Angelica. She credits the positive environment at BCC for her success. “There are lots of other schools, but none as personable as this one,” said Angelica. “The instructors want us to succeed. They genuinely care and support and advocate for us. I’m grateful to everyone who helped get me this far and look forward to what comes next.” Once they graduate, Ashley and Angelica will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam which is required to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities in this field include positions in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health facilities, clinics, and more. To find out if a career in nursing is for you, visit www.brunswickcc.edu/programs/health-sciences.
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