NCTC Nursing partners with First Refuge Ministries

Elizabeth F. Abu | Apr 17, 2018

The North Central Texas College Licensed Vocational Nursing Program has a new clinical site, First Refuge Ministries of Denton, Texas. 

Though the nursing department has clinical sites all over North Texas, this is a special opportunity that students will be able to get experience in a Community Health setting.

“Our students experience clinical settings at hospitals and nursing homes,” said LVN Instructor Ashley Hunsucker. “Community Health is so much more. It’s managing the overall health of individuals. It’s a different type of nursing that students need to be exposed to in order to put all the pieces together.”

First Refuge Ministries is a Faith Based, Nonprofit that seeks to provide, caring, healing, and a hope through Christ, to the underserved in Denton County. Their goal is to minister to the entire person, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs, by offering essential services to those in the community.

First Refuge serves people in several ways: non-cost medical services, dental counseling, and a food pantry. The ministry started as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Denton in 2012, and now has 12 church partners across Denton County.

“These facilities are essential to the community because it helps to alleviate the extra care that is sometimes needed for individual’s that do not have the resources,” said Hunsucker. “This will help our students to see a different population than they are used to giving medical care to.”

NCTC students are utilized at First Refuge in a variety of ways, including taking in patient data and shadowing the physicians and nurse practitioners.

“We teach our students as nurses, we care for the mind, body, and spirit of our patients, and they really get to see that in practice at First Refuge,” said Hunsucker.