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Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited
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13 October

Simulation Center at Hinds CC first in Mississippi to be accredited

JACKSON – The Hinds Community College Ball Simulation Center located at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center has received full accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Accreditation for the center in the area of Teaching/Education makes it the first such facility to be accredited in the state of Mississippi.

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“This recognition demonstrates the extraordinary educational environment that the College has generated to prepare our graduates for the challenges of their future careers,” said Alaina Herrington, director of the Simulation Center.

Accreditation by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit means that a healthcare simulation program has met core operational standards as well as specific criteria in at least one of four areas: assessment, research, teaching/education and systems integration. SSH’s accreditation has been designed for simulation programs that use any of the various modalities (manikins, standardized patients, virtual reality) to teach a variety of learners.

Opened in 2014, the Ball Simulation Center features cutting-edge technology to train more than 1,000 nursing and allied health students in five simulation labs, two medical surgical patient rooms, an emergency room, a childbirth simulation area, home care lab and four debriefing rooms.

Each department has individual program-specific skills labs for low to mid-fidelity training. However, the simulation center offers a more robust experience including modalities such as standardized patients, high-fidelity manikins, and task trainers. The center immerses learners in holistic patient experiences where they can grow in critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills.

“The accreditation recognition is the result of the leadership of the simulation center director and staff, nursing and allied health leaders and faculty, and our students,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

The facility was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball and named for their father, Dr. George Ball. Funds for renovation and equipment were included in a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College and Career Training Grant, in addition to college funds.

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‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children
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27 September

‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

VICKSBURG – Helping people get better and having fun doing it is what Melissa Smithhart is known for among friends and associates.

By day, she’s a physical therapist assistant at Scott Robbins Physical Therapy in Vicksburg, where she helps people recover from surgery or injuries to vital joints such as shoulders, hips and knees. For the past few years, though, it’s her work making dreams literally come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions that has taken her calling in life to another level.

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Melissa Smithhart

“Working in physical therapy, you see a lot of personalities and types of people,” Smithhart said. “You need to be caring and compassionate. It’s rewarding to see people get back to their prior level of function.

“With a child that has an illness, to make them happy for one day and see the smile on their face is amazing. It takes a caring and compassionate personality to see that as well.”

About three years ago, Smithhart, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, became a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her participation in Junior Auxiliary in Vicksburg. An official with the foundation had inquired about the local group’s interest in becoming liaisons between the organizations and children’s families.

“There was no one in Warren County to volunteer, so we got the staff together and said, ‘there’s no reason we can’t take this on,’” she said. “Conscience pushed me to say, ‘well, let me just say yes and see what happens.’”

This past summer, Smithhart and fellow volunteers helped make a “sensory room” for an 8-year-old girl with a debilitating developmental condition. The story made print headlines in Mississippi and beyond. Another involved a little boy who wanted to meet his favorite Disney character, Pluto, at Walt Disney World. “I love to plan kids’ parties anyway, so this was up my alley.”

Smithhart earned her Hinds degree after having already earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. During summer sessions in between, she took some of her core academic classes at the Hinds Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Her chosen career chose her, in a way, as a teenager, she said.

“My senior year in high school, my uncle had a stroke,” she said. “He had physical therapy done, so I got to see it and it interested me. And I’ve always liked to exercise, so it seemed fitting.”

Her kindly manner with people made it easy to believe she had gone on to help people, said Pam Chapman, chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at NAHC.

“I passed the story on to some of her classmates from back then, and all they had to say was, ‘That’s Melissa!’ and how they fully expected her to get involved with something so good,” Chapman said. “Melissa was an excellent student and she’s amazing with everyone she works with. One of her fellow students referred to her as ‘Melissa Sweetheart.’”

Smithhart credits her Hinds experience for keeping her on track to live her own dreams.

“I studied a lot and I was just determined,” she said. “Hinds gave me the opportunity to have this career and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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06 September

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – Thoughts of advancing an already rewarding career in healthcare has Shadonna Lewis listening and learning from the experts at the fall 2017 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Lewis, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Harden, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m a certified nursing assistant at a hospital,” said Lewis, of Port Gibson, as she listened to students in the Respiratory Care Technology program demonstrate techniques and equipment. “But, I’m here trying to do something to help myself move up.”

Another in her position was Willie Thompson, of Jackson, also a CNA looking to add to her current credentials.

“I’ve always had a caring nature with my elderly patients,” Thompson said. “And it’s been in my family, too, as my mother was once a CNA and my sister is also in nursing.”

Lewis was among about 150 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

The program’s solid reputation also brought out recent high school graduates, such as Mary Barton Rogers and Bailey Weldon, both of Brandon.

“I’m interested in finding out about the RN program for now,” said Rogers, a graduate of Hartfield Academy.

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Rayanna Harden and her mother, Angela, both of Port Gibson, visited the showcase to find out about opportunities in the sonography program.

“I enjoy working with babies when they’re born,” Rayanna said.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

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Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Medical Lab Technology students place second in bowl competition
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18 April

Hinds CC Medical Lab Technology students place second in bowl competition

Hinds Community College students in the Medical Lab Technology program at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center came in second place in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Mississippi-Louisiana Medical Lab Technology Student Bowl Competition.

As part of the competition, the students compete as a team answering question in a quiz-bowl type format.web_Hinds CC_MLT_ascls2017studentbowlteam

From left are instructor Amber Reulet of Flowood, students Josalyn Johnson of Jackson, Oscar Hundley of Waynesboro, Emily Limbaugh of Flowood and Shelby Whittington of Brandon, and far right, instructor LaJuanda D. Portis of Jackson.

Additionally, Portis received both a Regional Omicron Sigma and 2016-2017 Past-President Award for her service as ASCLS-Mississippi state president. The ASCLS-MS Board of Directors presented her with a plaque as well.

 

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students
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03 March

Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students

JACKSON – A career in healthcare is what Megan Irby wanted to pursue since she worked as a hospital secretary more than 20 years ago.

Now a mother of two teenagers, Irby, 40, of Vicksburg, can’t get started soon enough.

Megan Irby, center, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At left is her daughter, Kaitlyn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Megan Irby, center, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At left is her daughter, Kaitlyn. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I can’t wait until I get into nursing school,” Irby said. “I’m in my second semester at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus taking pre-requisites and I hope to be in school next spring.”

Andrea Ellis, 18, of Jackson, plans to start a life of caring for others right away as well.

“I want to be a neonatal nurse,” said Ellis, a senior at Murrah High School whose desire to study nursing was formed by her experience as a patient. “I was in a car crash last summer and saw all the work they do.”

Both were among about 150 people who attended the Spring 2017 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase Thursday, March 2 at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

Andrea Ellis, left, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is Rebecca Cockrell, a clinical placement coordinator in the lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrea Ellis, left, places a stethoscope on a manikin during a demonstration inside the Associate Degree Nursing laboratory at the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is Rebecca Cockrell, a clinical placement coordinator in the lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Health Care Assistant, Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program’s solid reputation has Paula Palmertree, of Florence, back in school for a subject that’s all around her.

Paula Palmertree, center foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Paula Palmertree, center foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I want to go into pediatrics for sure,” Palmertree said. “I have friends and family with children who have special needs.”

Like Irby, whose first career she describes as simply being a mom, Yolanda Ellis, of Jackson, is anxious to build a healthcare career. In her case, it would be adding to her current credentials as a certified nursing assistant.

“I love working with patients, especially older people,” Ellis said. “I like to listen to them because they can teach us so much.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu. 

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Yolanda Ellis, right foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is her daughter, Janavia. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Yolanda Ellis, right foreground, visits with nursing program coordinators during the Spring 2017 Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. At right is her daughter, Janavia. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Corey Lilley, a senior at Terry High School, observes a demonstation in the Respiratory Care Technology laboratory during the 2017 Spring Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Tilley is flanked by his parents, Loretta and Marvin Lilley. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Corey Lilley, a senior at Terry High School, observes a demonstration in the Respiratory Care Technology laboratory during the 2017 Spring Nursing Showcase on March 2 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Tilley is flanked by his parents, Loretta and Marvin Lilley. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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03 November

Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

JACKSON – The Alpha Iota Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center inducted new members Oct. 28.

nahc-ptk-fall-2016Newly inducted members include, front row, from left, Austin May, of Vicksburg, Emergency Medical Technology; Sabrina Givens, of Madison, Health Information Technology; Shelby Carroll, of Clinton, Radiologic Technology; second row, from left, Laura Buchanan, of Clinton, Practical Nursing; Candace Blanks, of Vicksburg, Health Information Technology; Rebecca Bradley, of Flowood, Health Information Technology; back row, from left, Summer Rodrigue, of Brandon, Associate Degree Nursing; Danielle Gipson, of Saginaw, Mich., Respiratory Care Technology; Amanda Even, of Clinton, Associate Degree Nursing.

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Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students
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09 September

Hinds CC a perfect place to start nursing careers for young, older students

JACKSON – Careers in healthcare often come from life experiences that put people up close and personal with matters of life and death.

Tiffany Roberts and Al Brennan, both of Pearl and prospective students in programs offered at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, see nursing school as chances to repay or improve on gifts of life.

Tiffany Roberts, second from left, of Pearl, listens to a presentation in the Associate Degree Nursing Learning Lab at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tiffany Roberts, second from left, of Pearl, listens to a presentation in the Associate Degree Nursing Learning Lab at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“When I was 15, my brother had an accident and spent several months in an ICU,” said Roberts, a mother of three who’s ready to go back to school in the medical field. “I knew at that point in time, standing in his room, what I wanted to do.”

Brennan used to work behind the camera making television commercials. A series of medical experiences led to a switch to healthcare. Now, he’s a mental health technician has his sights set on a career of service in nursing.

Al Brennan, of Pearl, speaks with Kim Neely, coordinator of Continuing Education for Short Term Programs at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Al Brennan, of Pearl, speaks with Kim Neely, coordinator of Continuing Education for Short Term Programs at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“My grandmother had Alzheimer’s, then my son and I have been to an ER in the past, and I’ve been through bad experiences,” he said. “It was just the insensitivity in patient care that really got my attention. [tweetable alt=””]I’d want to be the type of nurse that would want to reach out and show compassion[/tweetable], work with doctors and help the patient.”

Both were among about 120 people who attended the 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase Tuesday, Sept. 6 at NAHC.

Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 13 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Health Care Assistant, Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Nursing and Allied Health.

The program’s solid reputation brought Rachel Norton, of Clinton, back to earn additional credentials as she builds her career.

Rachel Norton, of Clinton, seeks information about continuing her education at the 2016 Fall Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Norton is a Hinds graduate who wants to return to complete the college's Physical Therapy Assistant program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Rachel Norton, of Clinton, seeks information about continuing her education at the 2016 Fall Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Norton is a Hinds graduate who wants to return to complete the college’s Physical Therapy Assistant program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m already graduate of Hinds,” Norton said. “I’ve come back to complete the Physical Therapy Assistant program.”

Alexis Vaughn, 16, of Brandon, has graduated a year early from high school and already has the energy to serve. She’s considering Hinds for the program’s successes and its proximity to home.

Alexis Vaughn, center foreground, speaks about the George Ball Simulation Center with support staff member Lesa McFarland at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. From left, Vaughn's mother and sister, Marsha and Madison Vaughn. On the table is a manikin used to simulate various life functions in the simulation facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Alexis Vaughn, center foreground, speaks about the Dr. George Ball Simulation Center with support staff member Lesa McFarland at the Fall 2016 Nursing Showcase at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. From left, Vaughn’s mother and sister, Marsha and Madison Vaughn. On the table is a manikin used to simulate various life functions in the simulation facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Nursing is something I’ve always wanted to do because I like helping people and the impact nurses have on people’s lives,” Vaughn said.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601-376-4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu. 

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Disciple of nursing icons credits Hinds ADN program’s ‘hands-on’ approach
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15 July

Disciple of nursing icons credits Hinds ADN program’s ‘hands-on’ approach

JACKSON – A stellar career for Becky Tustain teaching aspiring nurses in Hinds’ Associate Degree Nursing program began with just a small request of her husband.

“When I came here in 1975, I asked my family for two years to go to school,” she said. “I didn’t think I could ask my family to give me but two years. I’ve gone on to a lot since then, but [tweetable alt=””]in my heart, I’m an associate degree nurse.”[/tweetable]

Becky Tustain, a retired former instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, shows equipment in the learning lab at the college's Nursing Allied Health Center. She and fellow instructors designed the lab when the center was built in 1982. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Becky Tustain, a retired former instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College, shows equipment in the learning lab at the college’s Nursing Allied Health Center. She and fellow instructors designed the lab when the center was built in 1982. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

A decade out of Central High School in Jackson and already a mother of one of her three children, Tustain grabbed ahold of an education in nursing that morphed quickly into a profession. She earned her ADN credential from Hinds in 1977, then moved on to William Carey College for her bachelor’s five years later, all the while working as an instructor in Hinds’ program and a staff nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, where she settled and still resides.

She completed her master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Mississippi in 1986. She retired from Hinds in 1995 to pursue a Nurse Practitioner’s credential, which she earned from Mississippi University for Women in 1998.

Such a quick turnaround from learning to teaching in the program meant she was with ladies she still calls the “icons” of the nursing program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

“Eunice Pace was our first dean at NAHC, then it was Bobbie Anderson,” she said. “We had Mildred Hearn, Dixie Keyes, Kay Stubblefield Jones, Linda Hughes, Sherry Avenmarg, Patty Baker.

“I knew I had a good core,” she said. “My mother had a stroke and my father had a heart attack during the few weeks between graduation and boards, so I didn’t get to study. I walked into boards, and passed them. That was because of that faculty.”

Tustain’s timeline teaching in the college’s nursing program runs closely with that of the Nursing/Allied Health Center itself, into which the program moved in 1982 from smaller venues on the Raymond Campus.

“When I started teaching, I volunteered to come in before my contract began because I wanted to start out doing it right,” she said. “Back then, the program was all done in this little-bitty room in the science building. But, we were much more functional than when it was in the old house and it had supplies. And we had some great faculty teaching me.”

There was no down time between the move to the new facilities and the teaching schedule.

“Dr. Muse said we will teach on that Friday and Monday, and we’d just move over the weekend,” Tustain said. “The moving company moved the heavy conference tables and other equipment, but they didn’t know how to set it up. It took about 20 of us women faculty, but we got the beds in and set them up. We moved Friday afternoon, we worked all day Saturday and Sunday, and we all taught Monday. Now, is that not teamwork?”

Moving into it might have been a group project, but her mark on the learning lab remains, down to the positioning of electrical outlets and mirrors above the beds so students could see what they’re doing – commonplace now, but unique among nursing programs at the time.

“The learning lab is my baby,” Tustain said. “I designed it to where student and instructor could see what they were doing, with the mirrors overhead.”

In 1985, Tustain, Anderson and ADN instructors in a handful of neighboring states organized what is today the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Anderson was its first president.

“The group was formed in order to protect AD nursing as an entry-level program for registered nursing as a whole,” Tustain said.

“It allowed people who couldn’t give four years of a financial contribution outside of work to do it.”

The ADN program’s brand is strong in Mississippi and in medical circles because of its tradition of quality instruction, she said.

“We were one of the larger and productive programs, and our pass rates were good, so everybody wanted Hinds nurses,” she said. “It’s because we did direct care. The faculty went with the student and did direct care. We didn’t just send them out to observe. It was hands-on learning.”

 

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From hamburgers to healthcare, Hinds CC alum has taken care of his customers
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15 July

From hamburgers to healthcare, Hinds CC alum has taken care of his customers

Note: The following story appears in the summer issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

JACKSON – Before Carl Mangum was certified to take a pulse, he could still take an order – either crispy or with fries, that is.

“In a former life, I was a restaurant manager,” Mangum said of his days working in chicken and burger outlets in the Jackson area. “I’m a graduate of Hamburger University – on the dean’s list.”

Dr. Carl Mangum, an instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, demonstrates a piece of machinery in the school's learning lab. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Dr. Carl Mangum, an instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, demonstrates a piece of machinery in the school’s learning lab. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Mangum, his wife, Christina, and three young sons came to the same crossroads where many young families find themselves. “I was looking for something else to do. I was working for 100-plus hours a week and making very little money. I needed to do something different.”

A boyhood fascination with emergency medical technicians, spurred by a TV series, turned into a life-altering decision. “I always wanted to be a paramedic, because of the TV show “Emergency!,” from the 1970s. The show followed two paramedics in Los Angeles and their station. And so I thought it was cool.

“But, why [tweetable alt=””]I went back into nursing school was to make a better life for me and my family[/tweetable].”

He enrolled at Hinds, and the family scraped by at first, with Mangum working part-time jobs. But he hasn’t looked back since graduating in 1994.

After completing the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds, he moved on to the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Nursing, where he earned his bachelor’s and a master’s, in Psychiatric Mental Health/Nurse Practitioner. He also has a Ph.D. in leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.

His work in mental health began during his time at a program with the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield. It paid Mangum a monthly stipend in exchange for working with the facility as he went through school, and it became a passion.

“When I graduated, I had a job waiting for me there,” he said. “I was on their educational leave program, which means I signed up with them for four years. “Mental illness is not the dragon people claim it to be. It’s a brain disease – no different than heart disease, cancer, diabetes, anything else. It just involves the brain instead of the heart or the pancreas.”

In keeping with his passion, Mangum, of Byram, teaches a Psychiatric Nursing course at UMMC, as well as the Assessment, Fundamentals and Health Promotion courses. He’s also a certified volunteer firefighter and a HAZMAT technician. Also, he commands the Mississippi-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, part of the National Disaster Medical System with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“I’ve responded to Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, and was deployed for Hurricane Ike, in 2008, in the command center in Austin, Texas,” he said. “For Hurricane Katrina, I did a lot of stuff at the Fairgrounds and Coliseum. UMMC set up a clinic there a couple of days in, to help get them medicine if they were out.”

His life in the medical field has come alongside success for wife Christina and similar career paths in the family.

She teaches math at Murrah High School and now has three master’s degrees. All three of his daughters-in-law are also nurses.

From his days at Hinds, he remembers the unique personal touch, which along with his experiences in the working world, he channels into his own teaching style.

“Nursing school is quite difficult,” he said. “It’s one of the hardest things you can choose to do. Hinds was my way of getting into the profession. The faculty was great, caring people. But, I also use principles in the hospital that I learned in the food industry, because we’re a service industry, too. It’s just with healthcare, and not hamburgers.”

Colleagues say it’s a formula that works.

“As a professional, he never settles,” said Sherri D. Franklin, director of the RN-BSN program at UMMC School of Nursing and classmate of Mangum’s during their days at Hinds. “He always seeks opportunities for development and is a great mentor to students and less-experienced co-workers.”

And it’s a certain versatility with today’s students that’s the strongest vital sign in Mangum’s life in healthcare.

“Students want that recognition and want us to be proud of and pleased with them. So, I do the high-five type of stuff to say, ‘Hey, great job!’

“And, still, if they’re doing something wrong, you want to be stern with them since we’re dealing with people’s lives here.”

 

 

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Hinds CC nursing expo draws all comers for medical field careers
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Hinds CC nursing expo draws all comers for medical field careers

Ke’Andrea Ringold wants to take advantage of her interest in science and turn it into a career in the medical field.

“It’ll be an opportunity to get out there and start helping other people,” Ringold said, checking out information on the college’s 13-health-related and two short-term programs at the 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase held March 1 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center.

Keandrea Ringold, left, and her mom, Victoria Parker, both of Vicksburg, visit with Chrissy King, program chair for Medical Assisting Technology at Hinds' Rankin Campus, at the 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase held March 1 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Keandrea Ringold, left, and her mom, Victoria Parker, both of Vicksburg, visit with Chrissy Clark, program chair for Medical Assisting Technology at Hinds’ Rankin Campus, at the 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Showcase held March 1 at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

About 200 prospective students, their families and others who attended the expo toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests were able to speak one-on-one with our faculty to learn about our programs, as well as tour our training labs,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services. “We also offered guests assistance with completing the admissions process for our programs.”

Ringold, a Vicksburg High School senior, attended with her mother, Victoria Parker.

“I’m excited for my baby,” Parker said. “I just want her to be all she can be.”

Programs of interest included Medical Assisting Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emerging Medical Science, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

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