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Pima Medical Institute Celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12

Posted: May 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker

Nursing students practice CPR in the laboratoryMesa, Ariz., nursing students get hands-on education at Pima Medical Institute.

Today kicks off the first day of National Nurses Week – a celebration of those who do a very challenging, fast-paced and detail-oriented job.

Becoming a nurse is no easy task. It’s a long road, requiring tenacity and dedication. Pima Medical nursing student, Megan Vettorel, knows all about the challenges of nursing school. In her sixth semester and about to graduate, Vettorel decided to study nursing because of her children.
“They inspired me to accomplish something that would enable me to provide for my family, no matter what struggles come our way,” she said. “Nursing is a diverse field with unlimited options.”

Indeed, nursing is a profession of variety. Specialties run the gamut, from travel or burn nurse, to flight/transportation, environmental and forensic nursing.
Pima Medical Institute prepares nursing students for their career through a multi-faceted curriculum that emphasizes on-the-job, real-world education. The nursing associate degree is offered at three campuses: Mesa and Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M. Vettorel is a Pima Medical-Tucson student.
“My nursing program experience at Pima Medical has been amazing,” she said. “The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and are continually encouraging you to succeed. The increased clinical hours provide you with the opportunity to improve your skills and feel more confident in the work setting.”
After graduation, Vettorel plans to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination and hopes to land a job in a critical care setting.
“As a nurse I hope to become a nurse practitioner in critical care. I love the dynamics and levels of critical thinking in an ICU setting. The potential for learning is limitless and I love that aspect of nursing, especially in high acuity specialties,” she said.
Pima Medical nursing graduates see success after graduation and often have some of the highest test scores of their peers. The Pima Medical Mesa nursing program is a great example. In 2014, those students saw a 97.14 percent National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse pass rate. The national average was 81.79 percent, while Arizona’s rate was 89.99%. 
Pima Medical’s high pass rates are due to instructors’ dedication. Any student with a grade point average of 80 percent or below receives automatic instructor tutoring, resulting in higher GPAs by graduation and better job placement.
A nursing student practices caring for a wound in the laboratoryMesa, Ariz., nursing students get hands-on education at Pima Medical Institute.

Up to 50 percent of Pima Medical Mesa nursing graduates immediately go on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees or their nurse practitioner certification, said Mesa Nursing Program Director Sharon Caves.
Pima Medical is proud to be contributing skilled, compassionate and highly competent nurses to the workforce, and thanks all nurses providing care to patients around the world.
Anyone interested in learning more about the associate degree nursing program should visit http://pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Nursing.
About Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.

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