Funds made available by the Expanding Community College Economic Impact Grant
The Expanding Community College Economic Impact Grant, made possible by the State of North Carolina and North Carolina Community College System, will provide an additional 12‐month Practical Nursing faculty position to support Johnston Community College’s (JCC) newly implemented Practical Nursing program.
The Practical Nursing program at JCC is a three-semester program that provides students with an opportunity to earn a diploma and enter the workforce in a little over a year. Of course, students must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which assures that candidates meet the competencies and requirements to perform safely and effectively in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) role to protect the public.
“We are excited about the opportunity afforded to us by the allocation of the grant funds and re actively seeking to hire an additional Practical Nursing Instructor to educate and inspire excellence in future LPNs within our community and surrounding areas. This will allow us to grow the LPN program in terms of enrollment in the future,” says Dr. Jennifer Sugg, department chair of JCC’s Nursing Education programs.
According to the North Carolina (NC) Nursecast Executive Summary, settings that employ licensed practical nurses will face a 50% forecasted shortage by 2033. In addition, many of our clinical affiliates are now hiring licensed practical nurses (LPN) in the acute care setting (hospitals) due to the shortage of registered nurses. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) are hired in a variety of healthcare settings such as assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices, and urgent care centers.
JCC’s LPN program is poised for expansion, though the current program capacity is 20 students. This grant will allow for up to 10 additional students.
For more information about the program, visit: https://www.johnstoncc.edu/programs/health-sciences/practical-nursing/.