April 23, 2015 – Newark, OH—In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is celebrating the accomplishments their nursing students and graduates have achieved and the commitment each one has devoted to patients and to the profession.
"Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States with nearly 3 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 graduates. 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," she continued.
This year the week's observance has special meaning as the college prepares to recognize its nursing graduates at a May 7th pinning ceremony.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has observed the week of May 6 to 12 as National Nurses Week since 1994, recognizing nurses for the challenging and demanding work they do throughout their careers. The dates are significant: May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the Victorian-era nurse regarded as the founder of the modern nursing profession.
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 employment rate for RNs is expected to increase 26 percent nationwide through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 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 20 percent and 17 percent, respectively, between 2010 and 2020. In fact, Ohio is the fifth largest employer of LPNs in the U.S. with LPNs accounting for 26% of all nurses in the state.
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 four 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.
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.