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Bluefield State College and Princeton Community Hospital gives middle school students a “True Nursing Experience”

Bluefield, WV (WVVA) – Bluefield State College and Princeton Community Hospital West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy offers 7th and 8th grade students a “True nursing experience.”

This summer, seventh and eighth-grade students from Mercer, McDowell, and Monroe Counties with an interest in the nursing profession will have a chance to spend time working alongside real nurses in real hospital environments during the three-day West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy.

Students in the academy will attend classes on Bluefield State College’s campus and participate in simulated hospital experiences at Princeton Community Hospital.

The students in the academy will also interact with students currently in the nursing program at Bluefield State College, nursing professionals at Princeton Community Hospital, and Bluefield State College Nursing faculty.

The academy is free to students who are selected and includes three days of activities, including CPR certification. The students are also provided scrubs and stethoscopes, for them to feel like they are members of the team. The students and families will participate in a graduation and pinning ceremony on the last day of the academy. These activities give them a feeling of what it would be like to be in nursing school.

To apply for the camp, students must be a currently enrolled seventh or eighth grader in Mercer, McDowell, or Monroe County. They must have a 3.0 GPA and must submit a brief essay on their interest in the nursing profession and why they want to attend the academy program. Applications will be available at all middle schools or they can be downloaded at:

Academy spots are limited, and all applications are due by April 1, 2019.

Megan Brandl

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