Hard work by members of southwest Georgia's nursing program has paid of.
Accreditation was granted by the NLNAC, a national nursing accreditation commission.
Angela Brock, an ADN student, says, "Now I can go ahead and start applying to schools now to gain my BSN, because without the accreditation, a lot of places would make me start my nursing courses all over again."
Nikki Nyler, also an ADN student, adds, "I think when you're not accredited, it's really a big deal. They can make you jump through a lot more hoops, and I can tell you, being in nursing school, we jump through enough hoops."
Jamie Holland, an ADN instructor, says, "Oh, it's like a lift’s been taken off our shoulders. We've worked so diligently and hard; it means so much for our students. They can continue with our education. It opens many doors for them."
As students in an accredited program, their work at the school and with medical mannequins will translate better into the real world where their services as nurses are much needed.
Joy Conger, ADN director and instructor, says, "I think we will be able to provide the needs for our area here, so we'll have enough nurses for our hospitals in a 50-mile radius, but at least we'll be able to take care of our population here, and in the long run it will benefit everybody in the nation."
As the nursing shortage grows, these eager students will now be ready to answer the call. Nursing faculty at Southwest Georgia Technical College have been working towards accreditation for more than two years.