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COTC Dean of Health Sciences Speaks at National Association of Associate Degree Nursing Conference

NEWARK, Ohio, December 2, 2015 – The demand for nurses is high, but Central Ohio Technical College’s Dean for Health Sciences and Nursing Programs Administrator Sandra Walker, E.J.D. says the mission of nurse educators cannot change in response. Walker recently spoke about the duty of nurse educators to produce quality graduates during a concurrent session at the annual conference for the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Walker talked about due process in a nursing academic setting and making sure future nurses are ready to graduate.

“Educators have a moral mandate to address student deficiencies in nursing pre-licensure programs,” said Walker. “Yet many faculty are hesitant to deal with conflict and are afraid of being sued. “

Walker’s presentation was called “Off with Their Heads: The Red Queen Disregards Due Process, But You Cannot!” Walker said due process is a hot topic among nursing educators and one that is tough to handle.

“The session was an overview of the types of due process required in the academic setting. There is often confusion about the types and the implications for educators,” said Walker. “It is important that we address deficiencies because we must assure patient safety. The American Nurses Association code of ethics states we should not graduate students who are not safe to enter into practice. “

The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing annual conference was held in Jacksonville, Florida from November 13 – 15.

COTC’s nursing program features Associate Degree Nursing (RN), a traditional five-semester plan of study; Practical Nursing (LPN), a one-year certificate program; LPN to RN Transition, a three-semester transition option for LPNs; and a State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) course.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​