NEWARK, Ohio, May 9, 2017 – She's written 102 books and is getting ready to work on number 103, but believes none of her success would have been possible without Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Sue Dill Calloway is a nurse attorney and president of Patient Safety and Healthcare Consulting and Education in Dublin, Ohio. She graduated with an associate degree in nursing from COTC in 1975.
"I grew up in a poor family on the east side of Newark, with seven children in my family," said Calloway. "Without an affordable community college, I could never have gotten the start I needed."
After graduating from COTC, Calloway went on to get her bachelor's and master's degrees (summa cum laude) in nursing and her law degree (with honors) from Capital University in Columbus. She has been a medico-legal consultant for more than 30 years. Calloway has taught many educational programs for nurses, physicians and other health care providers on topics such as nursing law, ethics and nursing, malpractice prevention, medical record confidentiality, medication errors, medical errors, documentation, pain management, federal laws for nursing, patient safety and other similar topics. She conducts more than 250 educational programs per year.
"I worked full time at Licking Memorial my junior and senior year in high school to save money for my nursing program at COTC," said Calloway. "COTC provided an excellent educational program and gave me the tools I needed to go on and eventually get a law degree."
Calloway also served as the chief learning officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and is a current board member. She was a director for risk management and patient safety for five years for the Doctors Company, a past vice president of legal services at a community hospital in addition to being the privacy officer and the compliance officer, and she worked for more than eight years as the director of risk management and health policy for the Ohio Hospital Association. Calloway is certified in healthcare risk management by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers.
May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week. This year's theme is "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit" to celebrate nurses who are leading the charge for health and wellness. Calloway advocates for nurses and supports the profession through continuing education and legal support services. Calloway believes her successful career was built on the foundation that COTC provided, and the college holds a special place in her heart.
"When I went to COTC, I was in the second graduating glass. There was one building at the time, Founder's Hall. I look at the campus now, and I am impressed by how much it has grown."
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.