Randolph-Macon College alumna Jane Oh '13 recently began a career as a registered nurse at the Transplantation Center at VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia. Oh, who majored in biology at R-MC, graduated from VCU's accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing program (BSN), and she is excited to put into practice what she learned at both R-MC and VCU.
"I look forward to learning from and working with the VCU Health team, and to serving patients," says Oh. "Nursing is a great career because there is so many options that you can choose from and explore. You can also grow in this career by continuing your education."
Getting The Edge
Throughout her tenure at R-MC and beyond, Oh worked closely with Josh Quinn, associate director of professional development and medical careers in The Edge, R-MC's four-year career program. The Edge provides graduates with a competitive advantage when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. Quinn works one-on-one with students interested in a variety of health care professions. He offered Oh advice on the essay questions on her application to the BSN program, and he worked with her to update her résumé.
"I encouraged Jane to include all of the work she had pursued in health care throughout the course of her academic career," says Quinn, who assisted Oh in editing her personal statement for the VCU Pre-medical Graduate Certificate program she completed before applying to nursing school. Most recently, Quinn wrote a letter of recommendation for Oh for the position at VCU Health.
"I have been an advocate for Jane as she worked toward finding the career path that would work best for her," he says. "Her original goal was to become a dentist, but in the end, Jane really just wanted the opportunity to help people. She enjoys being able to bring a smile to someone’s face and to help alleviate pain and suffering. I am confident that she will work very hard to serve the patients she interacts with as a nurse."
Wealth of Partnerships at R-MC
In 2013, Randolph-Macon College announced a Guaranteed Admission Agreement with the Virginia Commonwealth University Nursing Program. The agreement guarantees admission into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program at VCU to qualified students who have completed a bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon College.
"Alicia Cash '17 is the first R-MC student who is going through the process of gaining acceptance into the program," says Quinn. "In the long run, I believe that having a background in a liberal arts education, and then pursuing a nursing degree, provides students with the opportunity to pursue other interests and studies that will allow them to better contribute to a health care team once they start practicing. That is because they will be able to look at situations with a different perspective and offer insights that a team member who went straight through a nursing program may not be able to offer."
R-MC also has a Guaranteed Admission Agreement with the George Washington University School of Nursing. The agreement guarantees admission into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at GWU to students who have earned a bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon and meet the GPA and other requirements set forth by GWU.
In addition, Randolph-Macon has partnerships with three medical schools: a BS/MD Joint Degree Agreement with Eastern Virginia Medical School; an Early Selection Program with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and a Preferred Applicant Track Agreement with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Quinn encourages current students considering a career in nursing to take full advantage of the opportunities at R-MC.
"I suggest they get involved in clubs, research opportunities, or athletics so that they can utilize the knowledge and skills they develop through those activities to become better health professionals once they start practicing," he says. He continues, "The pathway to nursing can take more time at R-MC; however, it is not a race. Students need to find that path that works best for them. If a student has a clearly defined goal, then he or she will enjoy and learn from the journey to reach that goal. Health care providers have to be life-long learners who are always working to expand their knowledge and provide the best possible care for their patients." Oh personifies this advice.
At R-MC, she was a member of the Yellow Jackets tennis team, where her talent on the court—she played both singles and doubles—was recognized when she was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
"As a student-athlete, I learned the importance of teamwork and how essential it is to collaborate well with others," she says. "These skills, paired with my R-MC liberal arts education, will serve me well throughout my life and career."