Tri-C Gives Valencia Collins the Foundation for a Rewarding Career in Nursing
Valencia Collins knew she wanted a solid foundation in a versatile career. She chose nursing, seeking a sense of personal fulfillment in providing compassionate care.
With support from her family, she enrolled at Tri-C, drawn by the affordable tuition and close proximity to home.
“Tri-C’s prepares students for the nursing profession by immersing them in a clinical setting the very first semester, and then building on that foundation during subsequent semesters,” Collins said. “By taking that direction, students developed the critical thinking skills that nurses need to provide patient care.”
Collins was particularly inspired by one clinical instructor, Shari Chavis.
“She taught from experience and challenged her students to get to know patients beyond their diagnosis,” Collins said. “She encouraged students to always communicate with their patients.” After graduating Tri-C with an RN degree in 2013, Collins enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans where she will earn her BSN degree in May. This fall, Collins plans to return to Loyola University New Orleans to pursue her Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Education.
She is currently employed by the Cleveland Clinic as a registered nurse clinician and serves as the liaison between physicians and patients. Her primary responsibilities include working collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing patient-focused care.
Collins has been recognized for her skill, and dedication to her studies and clinical practice. She received the Hillcrest Hospital 2014 Novice Nurse Award, awarded to a nurse practicing less than two years who demonstrates exemplary skills, dedication and compassion in the delivery of outstanding direct patient care. Collins also received the Loyola of New Orleans 2018 Nursing Excellence Award, recognizing excellence in service to the community and to the profession as a whole.
Collins is currently a member of the Tri-C Nursing Advisory Committee.
To students considering enrolling at Tri-C, Collins says, “Realize the gem we have in our own backyard. Tri-C has been instrumental in helping individuals like me attain college degrees that allow us to enter the workforce and excel. The College is a staple of the community and is committed to helping people pursue higher education.”