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Friday, May 12, 2017

ACC Nursing Celebrates 50 Years

ACC Nursing Celebrates 50 Years

As a young mother, Sarah Caldwell Brown wanted to make life better for her children. So she enrolled with the Alvin Community College Nursing program nearly 50 years ago.

“My instructors were behind me all the way,” she said. “My education gave me the basis for an awesome career.

After graduating from ACC’s second Nursing class in 1968 she would go on to operate the emergency room at Ben Taub Hospital then to graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Brown was one of nearly 20 ACC Nursing alumni to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary of graduating students during the Associate Degree Nurse Pinning on May 10. Some of the attendees also included former director Betty Oliver. During her time at ACC, the college had only a few facilities to train nurses. That didn’t stop them from becoming a well-respected Nursing school, she said.

“We have a really good reputation now,” Oliver said. “Our faculty works so hard. It’s just a great program.”

The Nursing program started at ACC in 1965 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Many of its alumni are working in healthcare facilities all throughout the region.

Graduates from the program regularly post among the highest pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses in Texas. In 2016, graduates had a 95 percent pass rate compared to the 84 percent state pass rate.

Patricia Fisher graduated from the program in 1976 and enjoyed a long career in the Nursing field. She then encouraged her granddaughter Kara Johnson to get an her Nursing degree from ACC. The program continues to excel and provides quality healthcare providers for the area, she said.

“This is wonderful,” Fisher said as she toured the Science/Health Science Building, which houses the Nursing program. “I got a good education here. My granddaughter received a great education.”

Johnson said her grandmother was a major influence and motivated her to finish the program. Johnson finished the program in 2012.

“One day I came home crying and I wanted to quit,” Johnson said. “She made me go back.”

Today, Brown helps teach ACC Nursing students during their clinicals at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City.

“The students get a good foundation here and they have something to build on,” Brown said.

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