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John Sawyer

John Sawyer

I know a lot of people focus on the fact that it’s small and local, but I don’t think they realize that it is a top caliber school. The nurses that they are putting out are just as good, if not better than some of the nurses these big schools are putting out.

John Sawyer, RN Class of 2010

"The class size at Texas County is usually between 20-30 students and there are plenty of instructors for students. When I was there, I could always go to instructors to ask for help and talk to them. I chose TCTC mostly because of the location and the ability to work full time and go to school full time, but once I got there I got to know everybody and they all wanted to see the students succeed because you live in the same town and they want the community to succeed."

“I was one of the first few nurses in TCTC’s bridge program, and now I am a manager at the hospital here and the nurses we pick up from Texas County are very prepared. I know a lot of people focus on the fact that it’s small and local, but I don’t think they realize that it is a top caliber school. The nurses that they are putting out are just as good, if not better than some of the nurses these big schools are putting out. Being out in the hiring field I notice that many of these TCTC nurses seem to be more prepared and more confident than many of their bigger school counterparts, and I think that comes from it being a smaller school, and the instructors being able to focus on each of their students.

Being out in the hiring field I notice that many of these TCTC nurses seem to be more prepared and more confident than many of their bigger school counterparts, and I think that comes from it being a smaller school, and the instructors being able to focus on each of their students.

The class size at Texas County is usually between 20-30 students and there are plenty of instructors for students. When I was there, I could always go to instructors to ask for help and talk to them. I chose TCTC mostly because of the location and the ability to work full time and go to school full time, but once I got there I got to know everybody and they all wanted to see the students succeed because you live in the same town and they want the community to succeed.

TCTC graduates tend to come out much stronger clinically speaking. They are able to work with patients and have that confidence of an experienced nurse. Usually when they come out of school they are actually ready to take patients, whereas nurses from some of the other schools tend to focus more on the academics and not the hands-on side of nursing, so it takes longer to get them oriented to be able to actually function as a working nurse.”