Nursing faculty is experienced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A career in nursing has been and continues to be one of the most in demand jobs in the healthcare industry. This demand is due in part to an aging population and a wide range of job prospects; therefore long-term job growth is expected to be much faster than the national average.

According to the 2013 US News and World Report, nursing is one of the best career choices and made number 2 on their list of The Best Jobs of 2013. Between 2010 and 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects registered nurse employment growth of 26 percent.

At Belmont College two nursing programs are maintained; the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate program. These programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the nursing field.

The nursing faculty that instruct and oversee these programs take their mentoring roles very seriously as they work hard on a daily basis to help encourage students and provide them with a successful start. Many of these faculty members are highly experienced veterans with over 30 years of experience. The range of these professors’ abilities is broad and includes (but is not limited to): medical-surgical nursing, maternal/infant nursing, chronic disease management and training, critical care nursing, administrative nursing, pediatric nursing, public health, and home health.

Belmont College’s highly-educated nursing faculty are a sound example of the expertise of Belmont College’s faculty, serving as active instructors and scholars with a variety of research interests in the medical field. Sue White Assistant Director and Program Chair of Practical and Registered Nursing is head of the program; she has been with the College for over 24 years instructing nursing fundamentals and courses in the first- and second-year ADN program. White recently earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

The following professors complete the department: ADN faculty: Rosita Briggs; Cheryl Cassis; Marianne Clouston; Christina Jacobs; Christine Kerwood; PN Faculty: Peggy Henry; Jonne Herman; and Brenda Wallner

The nursing programs at Belmont are intended to provide an educational opportunity in which students develop a scientific basis of nursing practice, and develop caring patient relationships. Under the direct supervision of these qualified instructors, students experience patient interactions, which foster caring and empathetic approaches to nursing care.

“There is a growing number of students’ seeking education and training in nursing and health care programs,” said White. “The curriculum in our programs is comprehensive, and students who are accepted find them to be engaging as well as highly-challenging.”

After successful completion of the nursing program, ADN graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain licensure and begin practice as a registered nurse and PN graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination Practical Nurse NCLEX PN.

For information on requirements to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing program or the Licensed Practical Nursing certificate program, and the admission process, please contact an Enrollment Services Associate at 740.695.8516 or visit

Attached Photo: Front row: left to right: Rosita Briggs; Jonne Herman; Sue White; Christine Kerwood; Back row: left to right: Cheryl Cassis; Christina Jacobs; Marianne Clouston; Brenda Wallner; and Peggy Henry.