Pennington is New Assistant Director of Nursing
Bluefield College recently hired longtime nurse Tammy Pennington to serve as assistant director of the school’s new nursing program.
May 21, 2012
A nurse for 14 years, Pennington has worked in medical, surgical, intensive care, and emergency room acute care settings. She has also worked in home health, school nursing, and mobile intensive care transports. In academia, she has served as an adjunct instructor at Wytheville Community College and coordinator of Weekend College at Virginia Highlands Community College.
“Tammy brings a wealth of experience in both academe and practice,” said Dr. Carolyn Lewis director of BC’s nursing program. “She’s a wonderful asset to the college. I prayed God would send a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable person to join with me in moving the nursing program forward to achieve academic excellence and impact healthcare in our rural areas. God answered my prayer and sent Tammy to join our family at BC. For that, I am so thankful.”
Pennington attended Virginia Highlands Community College for her basic nursing education. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from King College and a master of science degree in nursing (MSN) from Walden University.
“Tammy brings a wealth of knowledge on the landscape of rural healthcare, since her professional career has been in southwest Virginia,” added Dr. Lewis. “I am excited and very blessed that we are beginning to build our nursing team to offer a stellar program that will impact the quality of rural healthcare.”
Bluefield College announced the creation of its new nursing program in the fall of 2010 to meet a critical need in southwest Virginia for baccalaureate nursing education. Soon after, the school developed RN-to-BSN partnerships with regional community colleges to make the program more accessible to students seeking to serve or those already serving in health-related fields within their communities.
In the spring of 2011, the college hired Dr. Lewis, a nurse with more than 20 years of experience in health care, to direct the RN-to-BSN program. The school then partnered with Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Virginia, on a plan to provide clinical training for its nursing students and then earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to launch its first classes in the fall of 2011.
The RN-to-BSN degree is delivered through BC’s inSPIRE online degree-completion program, a convenient, accelerated degree-completion program designed to allow a working adult with prior college credit the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in as little as 13 months. In addition to being available online for added convenience, the nursing program features continuous scheduling every two months, six times a year. Classes include guided reading assignments, video lectures, interaction with faculty and fellow students, research, reflective engagement, and systematic review.