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COTC Nursing Professor Wins Educator of the Year Award

NEWARK, Ohio, Dec.13, 2017—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Ingersol, MSN, RN, was named Elsevier Educator of the Year by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Foundation. This national honor is the highest award given by the OADN Foundation. Ingersol, a Mount Vernon resident, received a complimentary registration to the 2017 OADN convention held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Nov. 17 - 19 and a check for $1,000. Ingersol was nominated for the award by COTC Dean for Health Sciences Sandra Walker, E.J.D.

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"Karen spends greater than 90 percent of her time in direct student contact in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting," said Walker. "She is an expert at mentoring her students and promoting inquiry. She has demonstrated innovation in instruction, seeking and developing various strategies to engage her students and motivate them to perform at their highest level."

Ingersol has been a nurse educator since 1988 and has taught in the COTC associate degree nursing (ADN) program since 2008. Prior to that time, she worked as a registered nurse in hospital settings. She is a member of the Ohio League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

"Watching the professional development of students is the best part of being a nurse educator," said Ingersol. "I am continually inspired by their commitment to nursing and to helping others. I'm very proud to be part of COTC's ADN program, which makes nursing an accessible career path for so many."

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 State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) course. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocations nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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.