Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students received a pleasant surprise on the first day of their fall semester. Northwestern Mutual - Taylor Associates and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital donated a financial gift to cover the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) testing fees for the LPN student cohort.
PVCC’s LPN program can be completed in three semesters. At the end of the fall semester, candidates sit for their NCLEX exam, which is required to practice. The gift will pay for each student’s exam fee and lighten their financial burden as they begin courses in their last semester of the program.
Dr. Jean Chappell, dean of PVCC’s Health and Life Sciences Division said, “We are very grateful to Gary Taylor at Northwestern Mutual and Ray Mishler at the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation for this generous gift that will directly contribute to our students’ success.”
This year’s class of students will complete the program in December 2018 and then immediately take the sponsored exam. The collaborative effort between Sentara Martha Jefferson and Northwestern Mutual will have a significant impact on their professional and financial well-being.
Ray Mishler, vice president of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation said, “We are grateful to Gary Taylor and Northwestern Mutual who made this partnership possible and for the good that this gift will do in launching these new nurses toward a successful career.”