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COTC Observes National Nurses Week

May 2, 2017 – Newark, OH—In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is celebrating the accomplishments its nursing students and graduates have achieved and the commitment each one has made to lead the charge for health and wellness.

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit" as the theme.

NatlNurses_2017_logo_lr.jpgAnnually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN (Registered Nurse) Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses are working to improve health care.

"Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States with nearly three million registered nurses in a variety of settings," said Sandra Walker, dean for health sciences at the college. "COTC is pleased to provide affordable, accessible education to our nursing students.  The majority of licensed nurses are graduates of associate degree programs, providing a well-educated and diverse workforce prepared to advance their careers through academic progression."

As the annual observance of National Nurses Week approaches, the outlook appears bright for those considering a career in nursing as well as for nurses seeking to further their education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of registered nurses will grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. In Ohio, both RNs and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) lead the health care industry in total annual job openings. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services predicts employment of RNs and LPNs to grow 13.7 percent and 20.1 percent, respectively, by 2024.

COTC offers nursing opportunities in: Associate Degree Nursing (RN) - COTC graduates earn an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology with this traditional five semester plan of study; LPN to RN Transition - COTC offers a three semester transition option for Licensed Practical Nurses; and Practical Nursing (LPN)­­ and State Test Nursing Aide (STNA) Certificate programs.

The Nursing Program at Central Ohio Technical College is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.  ​​