Career fair showcases talented WNC nurses and CNA students

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Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tours with Western Nevada College sophomore nursing students, left to right, Shantell Copsy, Justine Sanders-Colgan and Misty Ota at the WNC job fair on 15 February in the Cedar building.

Impressive! And when can you start working for us?
That’s what nursing and allied health students at Western Nevada College received at the Tuesday, Feb. 15, job fair.
WNC’s National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) held the job fair for the first time in five years, providing 75 current students with the opportunity to secure future employment, interview hospitals and nursing facilities healthcare, learn more about four-year colleges on bachelor’s degree opportunities and scholarships available through the WNC Foundation.

Seventy-five nursing and CNA students attended the WNC job fair Feb. 15 in the Cedar Building. They met with representatives from hospitals, health care facilities and four-year colleges.

“The participating institutions were really excited about the caliber of our students,” said Kathy Cocking, WNC nursing faculty member. “The establishments offered them jobs on the spot and others said they could come and work for them as auxiliary nurses until they finished their nursing studies.”
Cocking helped students prepare for the job fair weeks in advance with mock interviews and resume writing.
“We did classroom interviews 2 weeks ago and they were criticized,” Cocking said. “They also learned about professional dress and proper demeanor for interviews.”
The students passed with flying colors.
“I felt like a proud mother when they walked in,” Cocking said. “They were engaged and enthusiastic. The vendors were so impressed with our students.
Area hospitals that participated in the job fair included Carson Tahoe Health, Renown Regional Medical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Carson Valley Medical Center and Banner Churchill.
Participating long-term health care facilities included Gardnerville Health and Rehab Center, Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation, and Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The home care agencies that participated in the event were Visiting Angels and Amada Senior Care. HCA Health Care was also present, recruiting candidates for its facilities in Las Vegas.
Students planning to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing were able to meet with representatives from the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing, American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Chamberlain University.
The WNC Foundation was also on hand so they could talk to the students about the scholarship opportunities available to help with their education costs.
Colleges, hospitals and health care facilities that participated in the career fair made donations to the WNC Chapter of NSNA to help students attend the upcoming National Convention in Salt Lake City.
Cocking said all second-year nursing students were required to attend the job fair, but not all first-year and CNA nursing students attended.
“We’re going to make it mandatory for our freshmen next year as well, because we think they’ll get a lot out of it,” she said.
For more information about the WNC nursing program, visit wnc.edu/nalh, call 775-445-4425, or email [email protected]

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