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Nursing Students Prepare for One of Maryland’s Top 15 Industries

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. — Nearly 100 Prince George’s Community College students have successfully completed the college’s two-year registered nursing (RN) program. Registered nurses, who receive associate degrees, are prepared to function as care givers in a variety of settings and to work with other health care professionals in planning and implementing comprehensive health care. Health services ranks among the state’s top 15 industries according to Maryland’s 2010 Annual Workforce Investment Act Title 1-B Report.

Our students are prepared to give back to the community and provide direct care to patients and their families in hospitals, health care agencies and outpatient settings,” said Cheryl Dover, associate professor and Nursing Department chair. “I am very proud of the graduating nurses because of their hard work and dedication,” she added.
Maryland added 1,400 jobs in educational and health care/social assistance according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s October 2011 Monthly Labor Review. Registered nurses retain an average salary of $57,610 in Maryland.

Jerri Scarzella, vice president and chief financial officer/treasurer at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland will be the keynote speaker at a public event Monday, December 19, 5 p.m. in Queen Anne Fine Arts, Hallam Theatre. At a special pinning ceremony, students recite the International Pledge for Nurses, which honors the international code of ethics applied to nursing and to uphold the integrity of the professional nurse. Each graduate will receive a small gold-toned pin with the Florence Nightingale Lamp in the center and the college name on the outer edges. For more information about the nursing program, call 301-322-0731.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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