NEWARK, Ohio, May 9, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Ingersol was recently selected for the Ohio League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes the accomplishment of an individual who has made significant contributions to nursing education in Ohio and the teaching and learning of students. Ingersol was nominated for the award by Health Sciences Dean Sandy Walker, E.J.D.
"Karen approaches her classes and her students in a holistic way, routinely going above and beyond what is expected," said Walker in her nomination letter. "She is constantly working to improve classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences for the students. It may be improvement in skills rubrics, or improved use of hands-on learning in the lab, or challenging the students to higher levels of thinking. It may be better integration of simulation activities. It may be the use of a 'simple' video clip that touches the hearts of the students and leads them toward compassion. People like Karen are often overlooked because they do not draw attention to themselves, but I can think of no one more deserving."
"I was honored and very surprised to receive the award," said Ingersol.
Ingersol joined the associate degree nursing program at COTC in 2008. She has taught several courses, but for the past few years has served as a lead instructor for the Fundamentals of Nursing course. "Seeing the development of students is my favorite part," said Ingersol. "I've taught a variety of courses, both beginning courses and more advanced courses, and you watch that development. When I meet them at the beginning and then see them at the pinning graduation ceremony, you can tell they've become very confident and are now ready to go out and practice nursing."
"Karen is also a recognized faculty leader. She chairs a faculty accreditation subcommittee," said Walker. "Karen represents the Health Sciences Division on the college's Student Learning Assessment Committee. She also routinely serves as a mentor to new faculty or those with less experience. Karen is a role model in student advising."
"I work with a great team of people, and they are all special in what they do. I try to have a positive attitude and let the students know that I support them in their effort to meet their goals of becoming a nurse," said Ingersol. "It's a real privilege to work with students and be a small part of their journey to become a nurse. It's an honor to work with students and see them become competent, compassionate nurses."
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.