JCC Nursing Grads Ready To Work
After two years of hard work, graduates of the nursing program at Jefferson Community College are off to their new jobs.
"I have a job at Samaritan," said nursing graduate Danielle Grandjean.
"I already worked for the hospital, so getting a job wasn't that hard," said Michael Belles.
Many of the graduates attending the nurse pinning ceremony at JCC Thursday night had no problem finding jobs.
Lisa Cooley, chair of the nursing department, says that's the state of nursing right now.
"We have just about a 100 percent success rate, placing every one of our nursing graduates in the community, because of the demand for nurses," Cooley said.
That growth may bring about changes. Nursing is one of the only professions left that requires just an associate degree, but because of the rapidly growing rate of the health care field, that might change.
The nurses graduating Thursday spent two years at JCC, but if a bill in the state Legislature passes, they may have to spend two more.
The proposed legislation, commonly referred to as BS in 10, would require nurses to have bachelor degrees in order to practice.
Those at JCC understand the thinking behind the bill.
"Research has shown that nurses with four-year degrees have more assessment skills and they seem to pick up quicker on patient needs," said nursing professor Marie Hess.
No matter what happens with the bill, the futures of these recent grads look bright.
Monday, May 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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