April 27, 2016 – Newark, OH—In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is celebrating the accomplishments its 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 three 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 5th 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 perform 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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the health care industry will be one of the fastest growing industries during the 2012-2022 decade due to needed care for an aging population and improved diagnosing and treatment options. 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 19.4 percent and 24.8 percent, respectively, by 2022.
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 three 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 opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, 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.