Richmond Middle Schoolers Learn About Nursing from Averett

Posted on July 27th, 2015 by Travis Dix

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than a million job openings for nurses by the year 2022. Averett University is taking a proactive approach to help create more future nurses for America.

Almost 40 rising eighth graders from Richmond toured Averett’s state-of-the-art School of Nursing on July 22. The children are participants in the Higher Achievement Richmond program. Higher Achievement’s afterschool and summer academic program gives youth from underserved communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school — and in life.

Averett University believes it’s best to start grooming future nurses at a young age.

“If we can plant the seed now to get them interested in nursing, I think that will really help them as they plan for high school [and for college and life],” said Dr. Pamela Giles, Averett’s Dean of Nursing.

To see TV news coverage of the Richmond eighth graders’ tour of Averett University’s School of Nursing, please click on the video below. WSET-TV reporter Tola Anderson contributed to the written story above.


More About Averett University’s School of Nursing

Averett began converting the former Dimon Tobacco headquarters on Bridge Street into its School of Nursing and Riverview Campus in October 2010. Since then, the university has invested more than $3 million in state-of-the-art technology for its Nursing program as well as for a computer lab, classrooms and more for traditional undergraduates and adult students. Thanks to recent gifts totaling $147,000 from the Tobacco Commission and Centra Medical Group, Averett’s Nursing students will be working with even more first-in-class technology this fall. The new technology will enable Averett’s Nursing students to step seamlessly out of the classroom and into the clinical environment. Averett’s new technology includes a pregnant SimMom who gives birth, and new digital bedside cameras and simulation equipment for debriefing.

Averett’s Nursing program currently has a total of 116 students enrolled in its traditional undergraduate program and its RN-to-BSN program for working nurses. The latter is offered online.