PIQUA — Edison Community College nursing graduates are scoring big with local employers. According to the 17th annual survey of persons with hiring responsibility in area hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and physician’s offices, Edison nursing graduates are reportedly just what the doctor ordered.
In a sample of 37 regional employers of nurses, those with hiring responsibilities were asked to identify the most sought-after qualities and skills in prospective nurses.
Employers found it ideal for professionals to possess the ability to deliver safe nursing care, exhibit professional behavior, deliver quality care, display customer service skills, and reflect strong ethical values. They also pursue nurses who advocate for patients, demonstrate assessment skills, incorporate critical thinking skills and clinical judgment in their care of patients, and can be team players.
Upon determining top qualities, the same sample of employers were then asked to evaluate the Edison nursing graduates in their employ. The nursing graduates were rated overall and in terms of each of their top strengths. The results showed that the nine greatest strengths sought by the employers were identical to the strengths found in Edison nursing graduates.
“The fact that the qualities and skills sought by employers match the strengths of our nursing graduates says volumes about the preparation our nursing students receive to enter the nursing profession,” said Gwen Stevenson, dean of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our nursing faculty members are very knowledgeable about current healthcare settings and patient care delivery and ensure the curriculum prepares our students to enter today’s nursing workforce.”
Edison Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty–five year history. In 2013, Edison’s associate of nursing degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.
Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for spring 2016 semester. For more information about the program, visit www.edisonohio.edu or call (937) 778-8600.