HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Dr. Marsha Adams, the new Dean of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Huntsville said Wallace State Community College, Hanceville was at the top of her list of institutions to visit as she settles in to her new position. She and Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Haley Hoy recently made that trip.
The visit was scheduled as a way to reaffirm the long relationship Wallace State’s nursing program has shared with the north Alabama university. It also served as a way for the UAH administrators to familiarize themselves with Wallace State’s program and learn from faculty and students how they can help improve the process for students wishing to continue their education.
Back in the day, Dr. Adams told the students gathered in the lobby of the Center for Nursing and Science, nursing students were encouraged to get a few years experience before continuing their education. Now, with the prevalence of online classes that allow students to learn at their convenience, nursing students are encouraged to go ahead and get those higher degrees while working in the field.
“You’re already in that mindset,” she told the students. “You are used to the schedules, you know what you need to do to succeed.” Waiting a few years to go back is taking the chance of never going back at all and increasing the possibility of losing out on future career and financial advancement.
During the visit, Dr. Adams and Dr. Hoy received a guided tour of the new nursing building, including the state-of-the-art simulation center used not only by the nursing program, but many of the other allied health programs on campus.
Dr. Adams, who is also the president of the National League for Nursing, was also able to share with faculty updates on the development of a new accreditation division of the organization and get input from faculty on national issues that affect associate degree nursing programs.
“I was pleased to have Dr. Adams and Dr. Hoy visit and introduce them to our facility,” said Deborah Hoover, Director of the Wallace State Nursing Program. “I appreciate their interest and welcome every opportunity to offer our students more pathways for success and career advancement.”
For more information about the Wallace State nursing program, visit www.wallacestate.edu/nursing, or call 256.352.8067.