In the Zone: Nursing & Surgical Technology

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Nursing

The Registered Nurse works to promote health, prevent disease and provide physical and emotional support to cope with illness and restore health.

They provide direct patient care and are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities.

Nurses are employed in the acute and long-term care facilities or hospitals, physician office, home health, community, school, business, industry and in private settings. They must be physically capable to spend considerable time walking and standing; be able to lift 50 pounds and be required to mobilize quickly to respond to an emergency.

Nurses need emotional stability and a caring philosophy in order to cope with human suffering, emergencies and stress.

Because patients in hospitals and facilities require 24-hour care, nurses in these institutions may work nights, weekends and holidays. The program is a member of the West Virginia Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

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Surgical Technology

The medical field is rapidly growing as the population ages, and changing with each new technological breakthrough.

Surgical technologists are at the forefront of these advances, working in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. Attention to detail, conscientiousness, emotional stability and the ability to work well with others are all characteristics of a good surgical technologist.

Surgical technologists should be able to work quickly and neatly, even in stressful situations.
Most jobs in the field, whether in a delivery room or a dentist’s office, require expertise in human anatomy and good hand-eye coordination.

Surgical technologists earn certificates or associate’s degrees to enter the healthcare field. Students learn in both classroom and clinical settings under the super- vision of professionals. Students may also transfer to a four-year school to earn a higher degree.

Projected job growth during the next decade is much faster than average, according to the federal Department of Labor.

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